Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic — including party affiliation.
On Facebook’s map of humanity, the node for “you” often includes vast awareness of your movements online and a surprising amount of info about what you do offline, too.
The big picture: Even when you’re cautious about sharing, Facebook’s dossier on you will be hefty. Facebook tackles its mission of “bringing the world closer together” by creating a map of humanity, and each of us represents a tiny node on this “social graph.”
After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research to investigate the broad impacts of these disasters. A year later, some of the researchers funded by awards from the agency’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate are reporting results produced to date. This is the second article in the series. Jun Zhuang, an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University at Buffalo, used a combination of social networking, content analysis and surveys to understand the role of social media in communicating during disaster preparedness and response.
You have an Instagram account for sharing and following your favorite photos and videos. Maybe you enjoyed the service at some point, but now you want to pull the plug. Perhaps the algorithmic feed is driving you nuts; maybe you’re wasting too much time watching stories.
No problem. Instagram offers a couple of options.
If you just want to take a break from the service on the chance you might return to it in the future, you can disable your account. If you definitely want to cut the cord, you can delete your account for good. Disabling your account just renders it inactive until you sign back in. Deleting your account removes your profile, photos, videos, comments, likes, and followers. Let’s look at both options.
Facebook is assigning users a score to gauge how trustworthy they are — but it will neither disclose the criteria nor what it does with that info.
Facebook revealed this week it’s trying to stem the flow of fake news by assigning trust values to users. It insists on keeping its criteria for trustworthiness secret though, in case untrustworthy people try to game the system — and they almost certainly will.
Social media devotees are being encouraged to “take back control” and stop scrolling through their feeds for an entire month.
The Royal Public Health Society is behind Scroll Free September, which is targeting users of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.
It believes logging off could improve sleep, relationships and wellbeing.
NHS England said it was right to highlight social media’s role in a rise in young people’s mental health issues.The campaign is asking phone addicts to give up, or cut down on, their use of personal social media accounts.