Nearly two-thirds of American voters find President Trump’s use of Twitter is reckless and distracting, according to a new nationwide McClatchy-Marist poll. Only 18 percent of voters said they trust the Trump administration “a great deal” to deliver factual information to the public.
Since the election, social media stars have joined the Women’s March and protested Trump’s policies and executive orders. But their activism is also perilous. These entrepreneurial content creators not only risk offending their fans, but may also lose advertising revenue and brand sponsors as a result of their activism.
The verified Facebook page for American News (also known as The Patriot Review), with its more than 4.7 million followers, is perhaps the largest page regularly pushing fake news on the social media platform and is emblematic of the problem Facebook must address immediately.
From November 11 through January 12, Trump sent out 315 tweets, including retweets. By any measure, the largest number of tweets—63—were whining. Using Trump-speak, Reagan gave the public the equivalent of about 114 tweets, almost all on policy. And not once did he didn’t whine, insult or brag.
If conservatives succeed in their effort to dilute the meaning of “fake news,” critics will lose a common term used to identify and accurately describe a real and specific problem. This will allow conservatives to take that victory and apply the strategy behind it to other fights, making it even harder to describe the challenges in a “post-truth” news environment.
In today’s digital world, information literacy is a far more complex subject than it was when the phrase was coined. Back then, the universe of credible academic information was analog and (for better or worse) handpicked by librarians and faculty. Today, the situation is far more nuanced, and not just because of the hyperpartisan noise of social media.
Former U.S. drug executive Martin Shkreli, dubbed the “pharma bro” and vilified for raising the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent, was suspended by Twitter on Sunday for harassing a female journalist.
Lazy, misleading headlines play right into Trump’s strategy of routinely lying while also being historically inaccessible to reporters. Within that sphere, I’d suggest there’s a very specific headline problem — the “Trump says” formula. Solution? Ban uncritical, context-free “Trump says” headlines. It’s a good first step.
When the Republicans ditched the plan to kill the independent ethics panel, it was a good ending to a really bad start for the 115th Congress. Many attribute the reversal to Trump’s disapproving tweets, and they may have moved things along. But the power of an aroused electorate is what truly nixed the game plan.
President-elect Donald Trump might not change certain social media habits after his inauguration. His White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said that Trump will continue to use Twitter often throughout his presidency.
While America long epitomized the dignity culture, it has shifted recently and a dignity culture is being replaced by a victim culture, a collective feeling of victimization that is the result of a perfect storm of media pandering, social justice ideology, and social media affirmation
Social media platforms poured efforts into online registration, hoping to attract tech savvy voters, but political experts are skeptical that a record number of millennials will show up to vote on Election Day.
“I’m very shaken up today. Activists in Pakistan have been screaming hoarse about honour killings; it is an epidemic, it takes place not only in towns, but in major cities as well.
The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.
Facebook remains uncontested as the social media champ of Wall Street. Its stock recently hit an all-time high while Twitter’s hit its low. As an enrollee in both, I can tell you why — and the why of it is reason for concern.
Several pro-Bernie Sanders Facebook groups were suddenly shut down on Monday night in what appears to have been a coordinated attack by pro-Hillary Clinton trolls. The online users reportedly posted pornography on the pages of at least seven Facebook groups and then reported them, resulting in Facebook shutting down the pages for community page violations.
When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the country, women in the state didn’t just get mad. They got to social media.
As recently as October 2015, he said in a column on CNN, “Not until the Middle East has gone through its painful transition to modernity will we be able to pass a full judgment on the effects of decision to go to war in 2003.”
Without the Internet, it’s difficult to know whether Sanders’s and Trump’s campaigns would have existed long enough to make any impact at all.
The White House said on Monday that it had joined Snapchat, marking the Obama administration’s latest move to reach a younger generation of Americans through social media.
The success of the Missouri protesters in bringing about the resignation of two administrators, including university system President Tim Wolfe, has emboldened students nationwide.