Twitter Needs a Pause Button As a shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand, set about massacring dozens of worshippers at two mosques on March 15, his body cam beamed live footage to social media. Soon after, Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of … Continue reading How to tone down social hostility
Who Are Online, Recruited by Advertisers and 4 Years Old? Kidfluencers Samia was an influencer before she could talk. Her parents, Adam and LaToya Ali, are influencers themselves and began chronicling Samia’s impending arrival on YouTube and Instagram in 2014, … Continue reading The world of kidfluencers
When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online Like most other modern kids, Cara grew up immersed in social media. Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube were all founded before she was born; Instagram has been around since she was a … Continue reading Googling yourself
The Neuroscience of Hate Speech Do politicians’ words, the president’s especially, matter? Since he has been in office, President Trump has relentlessly demonized his political opponents as evil and belittled them as stupid. He has called undocumented immigrants animals. His … Continue reading Is rage everywhere these days?
The Era of Fake Video Begins In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from Game of Thrones or Harry Potter engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the … Continue reading Deepfakes
Letter of Recommendation: AliExpress Shopping online can make you feel like little more than a data set with a bank account. That’s partly because we do it in private, behind screens — immune to texture and smell, no friends to … Continue reading Shopping in Wonderland
How Lies Spread Online The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand. While the data show that false claims are increasing online, most studies have analyzed only small samples or … Continue reading What drives false news?