Recode: Inside Twitter’s ambitious plan to change the way we tweet

Recode: Inside Twitter’s ambitious plan to change the way we tweet. “Everything the company seems to do — from cracking down on bots to building new conversation features — has been done in the name of a healthier Twitter. When the company’s user base started shrinking noticeably last year, Twitter said that its focus on health was at least partly to blame. Measuring the health of interactions is just one part of that broader effort, but it’s one of the more challenging and confusing parts. Removing bots and spam are technical problems. Truly understanding the health of a conversation requires things like understanding who is talking, what they’re talking about, or when someone is using sarcasm. Not all arguments, of course, are bad.”

Battleground Twitter: Verified political handles up 1,663% in 5 years (Times of India)

Times of India: Battleground Twitter: Verified political handles up 1,663% in 5 years . “Social media is going to be an important weapon in the electoral battleground this year. This is clear from the rise in the number of verified political handles from 71 to 1,252 between 2014 and March this year, with 78% of these handles belonging to members of BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Penn State News: Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data

Penn State News: Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data. “Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data.”

News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds

News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds. “It was a mantra first popularized by Michelle Obama in 2016 and echoed again and again by Democratic politicians who vowed to rebuke the negative speech they said their Republican counterparts espoused. ‘When they go low, we go high,’ she said. Only two years later, the message seems not to have stuck, according to new research from Northeastern University.”

103.3 AMP: New Twitter Account Tracks Which Dogs You Can Pet in Video Games

It’s (almost) Saturday, so from 103.3 AMP radio: New Twitter Account Tracks Which Dogs You Can Pet in Video Games. “What is the point of a dog you can’t pet? Without petting, we are left to just be the creep that makes noises and smiles insanely as our four-legged friends walk into our lives. It’s a car you can’t drive, the ice cream you can’t eat, an ultimate injustice in this world and any other. They might as well be goldfish without this simple, most basic expression of animal affection.”

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media

Nextgov: Congress Moves to Ban Discriminatory Advertising on Social Media. “The DATA Privacy Act, introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., explicitly bars Facebook, Twitter and other companies from allowing advertisers to use consumer data to discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation. Under the legislation, the Federal Trade Commission would issue clear guidance on what constitutes online discrimination and gain new powers to penalize organizations that violate the rules.”