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Trump, FBI, Twitter

Poll: Public Has Had Enough Of Trump’s Use Of Twitter

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.

February 27, 2017
Social Media, Trump

How Social Media Stars Are Fighting For The Left

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.

February 21, 2017
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Meet The Mysterious, Facebook-Verified Page Pushing Fake News

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.

January 18, 2017
Trump, Headline, Twitter, Tweet

Commander-In-Tweet: America’s Dangerous Experiment Of Government By Twitter

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.

January 13, 2017
Fake News

Why We Should Keep Using The Term ‘Fake News’

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.

January 10, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

How To Evaluate Information In The Era Of Fake News

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.

January 9, 2017
Pharma Bro, Twitter

‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Suspended From Twitter For Harassment

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.

January 9, 2017
Trump, headline, Carrier

It’s Time To Banish ‘Trump Says’ Headlines — They Don’t Work

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.

January 7, 2017
Ethics Panel, Trump, GOP

The People Saved The Ethics Office, Not Trump’s Tweets

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.

January 5, 2017
Trump, Tweeting, Ethics

Donald Trump To Continue Tweeting During Presidency

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.

January 2, 2017
Trump and the victimhood culture

How Donald Trump Capitalized On U.S. Victim Culture

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

December 8, 2016
Social media and millennial voters

Social Media Helps Millennial Voters Register, But Turnout Worries Linger

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.

November 6, 2016

Pakistan: Anger After Honor Killing Of Qandeel Baloch

“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.

July 17, 2016
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team survey the crime scene two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

One Shooter; No Snipers—Grossly Inaccurate Police And Media Information About Dallas Killings

The misinformation spread public fear of a nonexistent cabal of snipers, and attacked Black Lives Matter.

July 9, 2016
The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park before the company's IPO launch, May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/File Photo

Can We Face Away From Facebook?

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.

May 12, 2016
hillary clinton

Several Pro-Sanders Facebook Pages Taken Down By Pro-Clinton Internet Trolls

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.

April 26, 2016
Mike Pence, Civil Liberties, Religion, Discrmination, Gay Rights, GOP, Indiana, Hoosier, RFRA

Women Tell Indiana Governor About Their Periods To Protest Restrictive Abortion Bill

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.

April 4, 2016
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair listens to a question during an appearance at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan

Tony Blair Ridiculed After Saying Millions Of Muslims ‘Fundamentally Incompatible With The Modern World”

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.”

March 29, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally in Manchester

Did The Internet Create Trump And Sanders?

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.

March 15, 2016

White House Joins Snapchat Ahead Of State Of The Union Address

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.

January 11, 2016
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism

University Of Missouri Protests Gave Birth To Dozens More, Powered By 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.

December 1, 2015

Obama Joins Facebook

“Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page,” Obama posted. “I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations…”

November 9, 2015
Vester Flanagan/Bryce Williams Twitter Virginia shooting journalists social media Twitter

Critic’s Notebook: Virginia TV Shooting Sparks A Debate Over Viewing Of Footage

The problem when a journalist goes on a killing rampage — he’s going to go all out on social.

August 27, 2015

Pinterest Users Can Now Shop Directly On The Site With Buyable Pins

Users will soon begin to see small blue price tags on certain pins as they scroll through their Pinterest feeds.

June 3, 2015
Facebook, Technology, Frank Gehry, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Lifestyle, Green, Sustainability

Facebook’s Green Roof Mirrors Company’s Workplace Culture

Facebook flexes its green thumb at its new campus with a green roof and garden walk.

June 2, 2015