How rumors spread on social media during weather disasters | NSF – National Science Foundation

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.

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How to Delete Your Instagram Account | PCMag.com

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.

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Facebook implements trust scoring for all users

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.

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Scroll Free September: Social media users urged to log off – BBC News

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.

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Facebook wants your naked photos to stop revenge porn – BBC News

Facebook is asking British users to send naked photos of themselves to the social network, to try to stop revenge porn.

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The Best Alternative For Every Facebook Feature | WIRED

If you’re ready to quit Facebook, here’s how to replace everything you might miss.

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Should You Accept Mom & Dad’s Facebook Friend Request? [FLOWCHART]

Last we heard, around 48% of parents friend their kids on Facebook. That makes sense — parents love stalking, er, keeping tabs on their pride and joy. But does that mean you have to accept said request — especially if you’re prone to posting embarrassing pics (don’t say we didn’t warn you)?

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Don’t Share This Information on Social Media: Driver’s License, Bank Account, Vacation Pictures | Money

Because ID thieves love it when you do.

The digitalization of information and the popularity of social media may put consumer privacy at risk more now than ever. Some social media users, teenagers especially, may be unaware that the information they share — from their location to their paycheck — could be used for identity theft and fraud. About 92% of teenagers post their real name, 82% list their date of birth and 71% show their city or town of residence on their social profiles, according to Pew Research Center. While oversharing has become a problem, consumers could stop it by being careful what they post on social media.

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Emojipedia

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🙋 Emoticon, smiley, emoji, what’s the difference?

👉 Emoticons and smileys are often used to describe small face-like icons available in instant message services and messaging apps.

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