The Russian government deployed intelligence assets to carry out a massive disinformation campaign on every major social media platform to support Donald Trump and the Republicans in 2016 and beyond, according to a new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee. In an exclusive story published Sunday evening, the Washington Post revealed details of the […]
Most of us are familiar with The Hunger Games — the story of a fictional future society where an elite has everything and is oblivious to the suffering all around them, beyond an occasionally peek at their ubiquitous screens to see the tragedies unfolding beyond their borders. I founded Lions Gate Entertainment, which distributed that […]
So here’s my question: if you’re all about personal privacy, why are you on Facebook to begin with? Neither Cambridge Analytica nor any other Internet marketing firm has any information about you that you didn’t give away. The rest is mainly hype and wishful thinking. Besides, your zip code is a better guide to […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”