In 1996, the cyberlibertarian activist, poet and essayist John Perry Barlow pronounced a Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. He poignantly stated: ‘We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.’ Over two decades since, this seems naïve. Worldwide scandals such as Cambridge Analytica, Russia’s 2016 US election meddling, YouTube’s algorithmic propensity to serve up neo-Nazi propaganda and Twitter’s failure to police white supremacists, have progressively populated our news and conversations. In our own backyard, just recently, as the anti-Muslim #मुस्लिमो_का_संपूर्ण_बहिष्कार (total boycott of Muslims) continued to trend, Twitter’s silence was deafening. Virtual and real social … [Read more...] about Can governments control social media? Or can users?
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London: Social media users tend to tackle stress from one platform by hopping on to another leading to the risk of becoming more and more addicted to such platforms, says a new study co-conducted by Indian-origin professor. Facebook and Instagram are known to cause stress in users. Faced with these technostress, users however refuse to shut down their device and instead shuttle between Social networking sites (SNS). When faced with such stress, instead of switching off or using them less, people move from one aspect of the social media platforms to another, says Monideepa Tarafdar, Professor at the Lancaster University. "While it might seem counter-intuitive, social media users are continuing to use the same platforms that are causing them stress rather than switching off from them, creating a blurring between the stress caused and the compulsive use," Tarafdar said. Published in the Information Systems Journal, the research conducted on the habitual profile of 444 Facebook users … [Read more...] about Social media stress leads to online addiction: Study
A 14-year-old girl from Pennsylvania is finding fame on TikTok, the social media app where users record short videos, often set to music. A teenage girl finding some level of fame on the viral app isn't necessarily surprising in-and-of-itself, but it gets more interesting when you consider that young girl is Amish, a religious community who famously forbid all forms of modern technology.Rebecca Fisher from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has become arguably the most famous Amish user on the platform. Using the handle @AmishBek, she's raked in over one million views on TikTok and has more than 12 thousand followers.Her videos went viral from the very first one she uploaded, which showed Fisher explaining to viewers how to properly pronounce "Lancaster" (LANG-kiss-ter not Lang-KAS-ter). "I wasn't going to post anything [on TikTok], but then I saw [Pennsylvania] was trending," Fisher told Pennsylvania's LNP/LancasterOnline.But Fisher isn't the only Amish TikTok user. Videos have surfaced on … [Read more...] about Amish Teens Embracing TikTok, Finding Fame on the Social Media App
By BBC More by this Author Russia allegedly used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.Research is expected to say YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.LATE RESPONSEThis week, the US Senate will publish the report, which exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika. Related Stories Microsoft thwarts Russia hackers targeting US political groups US indicts 13 Russians for election interference Russian offered Trump campaign 'political' cooperation Trump accepts intel on Russia election meddling Advertisement It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence … [Read more...] about Russia ‘meddled in all big social media’ in US election: report
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