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Released: 7-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Researchers develop artificial intelligence that can detect sarcasm in social media
University of Central Florida

Computer science researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a sarcasm detector.

Released: 6-May-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Addressing Systemic Racism in Academia: Live Expert Panel for May 19, 5:30pm ET
Newswise

Experts from the American Thoracic Society will discuss issues with systemic racism in academia as a follow-up to their session on this topic at the virtual 2021 ATS Annual Conference.

Released: 3-May-2021 3:20 PM EDT
COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs increased among users of conservative and social media
Annenberg Public Policy Center

Belief in conspiracies about the COVID-19 pandemic increased through the early months of the U.S. outbreak among people who reported being heavy users of conservative and social media, a study by Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) researchers has found.

Released: 3-May-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Need to vent? Turn to real-life support, not social media
Michigan State University

Social media may make it easier for people to engage online, but I does not provide certain benefits of real-life human interactions, says a Michigan State University researcher.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 4:40 PM EDT
Study finds US Twitter users have strongly supported face coverings amid the pandemic
University of Oregon

An analysis of Twitter activity between March 1 and Aug. 1, 2020, found strong support by U.S. users for wearing face coverings and that a media focus on anti-mask opinions fueled the rhetoric of those opposed, report University of Oregon researchers.

Released: 29-Apr-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Battling Public Health Misinformation Online
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Social media and web-based news channels became a communication superhighway for correct and incorrect public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study of this vast amount of information, known as infodemiology, is critical to building public health interventions to combat misinformation and help individuals, groups, and communities navigate and distill crucial public health messages.

Newswise: Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:10 AM EDT
Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
University of Alabama Huntsville

A lack of in-person interactions is a primary driver for older people to use social media, according to a first of its kind study of older users by a researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Newswise: New AI tool tracks evolution of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media
Released: 19-Apr-2021 1:30 PM EDT
New AI tool tracks evolution of COVID-19 conspiracy theories on social media
Los Alamos National Laboratory

A new machine-learning program accurately identifies COVID-19-related conspiracy theories on social media and models how they evolved over time—a tool that could someday help public health officials combat misinformation online.

Newswise: New Research Focuses on a Growing Pandemic Problem — “Zoom Dysmorphia”
19-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
New Research Focuses on a Growing Pandemic Problem — “Zoom Dysmorphia”
American Academy of Dermatology

During the pandemic, there was a shift to remote work, and demand for video conferencing increased. Zoom estimates daily meeting participants grew from approximately 10 million in December 2019 to more than 300 million in April 2020. Board-certified dermatologists also reported a change with this increased use of video calls: a rise in the number of patients they’re seeing with negative self-perceptions.

Newswise: Arguing on the internet: UW researchers studying how to make online arguments productive
Released: 19-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Arguing on the internet: UW researchers studying how to make online arguments productive
University of Washington

University of Washington researchers worked with almost 260 people to understand online disagreements and to develop potential design interventions that could make these discussions more productive and centered around relationship-building.

Released: 13-Apr-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Puerto Rico, Coronavirus Among Top Latino Twitter Topics During 2020 Election
George Washington University

Latinos discussed Puerto Rico and the COVID-19 pandemic more than any other subject on Twitter in the run-up to the 2020 election, according to researchers at the George Washington University. Spanish-language tweets mentioning “freedom” and “socialism” were also popular, while topics such as Obamacare and immigration did not gain much traction.

Released: 30-Mar-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Social media addiction linked to cyberbullying
University of Georgia

New research suggests that these increased hours spent online may be associated with cyberbullying behaviors. According to a study by the University of Georgia, higher social media addiction scores, more hours spent online, and identifying as male significantly predicted cyberbullying perpetration in adolescents.

Released: 29-Mar-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Flagging coronavirus misinformation tweets changes user behaviors, UAH research shows
University of Alabama Huntsville

When Twitter flags tweets containing coronavirus misinformation, that really does affect the degree of validity most people ascribe to those messages, says new research based on a novel branching survey by three professors at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Released: 26-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EDT
A Contagion of Institutional Distrust
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol has led to the emergence of a new broad, anti-government conspiracy theory spreading on social media that is dovetailing with anti-vaccination and anti-public health extremism, according to a new report by Rutgers’ Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience.

12-Mar-2021 8:05 AM EST
FoMO Nudges Students Toward Future Happiness
State University of New York at Geneseo

A new study found that college students are challenging traditional ideas of where and how they invest their time. They are preparing for the future by investing in relationships and leveraging the “fear of missing out,” or FoMO, as a reminder to seize the day.

Newswise: Health ads in users’ customized online sites may evoke negative reactions
Released: 16-Mar-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Health ads in users’ customized online sites may evoke negative reactions
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Tweaking the look of a social media profile may subtly alter a person’s reaction to the health messages that appear on that site, according to researchers. They add that these reactions could influence whether the users heed the advice of those messages.

Newswise: New book considers democracy’s future, improving governance
Released: 11-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EST
New book considers democracy’s future, improving governance
University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago researcher Zizi Papacharissi draws on interviews conducted with everyday citizens of more than 30 countries

Released: 5-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EST
Sports information on social networks leaves out women, disabled and minority disciplines
University of Seville

Researchers from the University of Seville and Pompeu Fabra University argue that sports information on social media is dominated by men and football.

Newswise: Call Me, Maybe? UNLV Study Probes How People Connected During the Pandemic
Released: 5-Mar-2021 12:35 PM EST
Call Me, Maybe? UNLV Study Probes How People Connected During the Pandemic
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV social media expert Natalie Pennington shares the top 10 takeaways of research on the impact of video chats, email, online gaming, and other communication tech on stress, loneliness, and relationships.

Newswise: One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Released: 4-Mar-2021 11:50 AM EST
One Year In, Rensselaer Experts Keep Addressing COVID-19 Challenges in Inventive Ways
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Over the course of the last year, Rensselaer experts have made many meaningful contributions to the understanding of — and response to — the COVID-19 crisis. Here is a list of pandemic-related topics they can address.

Released: 2-Mar-2021 1:10 PM EST
Study Highlights Pitfalls Associated With ‘Cybervetting’ Job Candidates
North Carolina State University

A recent study of how human resources professionals review online information and social media profiles of job candidates highlights the ways in which so-called “cybervetting” can introduce bias and moral judgment into the hiring process.

25-Feb-2021 3:35 PM EST
Education Level, Interest in Alternative Medicine Among Factors Associated with Believing Misinformation
American Psychological Association (APA)

While many people believe misinformation on Facebook and Twitter from time to time, people with lower education or health literacy levels, a tendency to use alternative medicine or a distrust of the health care system are more likely to believe inaccurate medical postings than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

Released: 24-Feb-2021 10:40 AM EST
The GovLab at NYU Tandon releases report on the impact of online communities and role of their leaders
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering released a report, “The Power of Virtual Communities,” which examines the role online groups play in creating opportunities for people to build new kinds of meaningful communities they often could not form in real space.

Newswise: Sociologists study high-risk populations in low-tech communities
Released: 23-Feb-2021 11:25 AM EST
Sociologists study high-risk populations in low-tech communities
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Closed religious communities such as the Amish are high-risk populations for the spread of both infectious diseases and public health misinformation, according to sociologists who are working with data from Amish and Mennonite settlements to understand the COVID-19-related beliefs and behaviors.

Released: 18-Feb-2021 1:00 PM EST
AI may mistake chess discussions as racist talk
Carnegie Mellon University

"The Queen's Gambit," the recent TV mini-series about a chess master, may have stirred increased interest in chess, but a word to the wise: social media talk about game-piece colors could lead to misunderstandings, at least for hate-speech detection software.

Released: 18-Feb-2021 9:00 AM EST
Social Tool Tracks Brand Reputation in Real Time and in the Long Term
North Carolina State University

An international team of researchers has developed a tool for assessing brand reputation in real time and over time. In a demonstration that looked at leading brands, the researchers found that changes in a given brand’s stock shares reflected real-time changes in the brand’s reputation.

Released: 12-Feb-2021 11:50 AM EST
Citizens versus the internet
Max Planck Institute for Human Development

The Internet has revolutionized our lives - whether in terms of working, finding information or entertainment, connecting with others, or shopping.

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Released: 9-Feb-2021 3:45 PM EST
10-year study shows elevated suicide risk from excess social media time for teen girls
Brigham Young University

As teens' use of social media has grown over the past decade, so too has the suicide rate among younger people, with suicide now being the second leading cause of death among those ages 10 to 34.

Newswise: The power of groupthink: Study shows why ideas spread in social networks
Released: 9-Feb-2021 11:35 AM EST
The power of groupthink: Study shows why ideas spread in social networks
University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

New research co-authored by Berkeley Haas Asst. Prof. Douglas Guilbeault shows that large groups of people all tend to think alike, and also illustrates how easily people’s opinions can be swayed by social media—even by artificial users known as bots.

Released: 3-Feb-2021 9:05 AM EST
’Zoombombing’ research shows legitimate meeting attendees cause most attacks
Binghamton University, State University of New York

Most zoombombing incidents are “inside jobs" according to a new study featuring researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Released: 2-Feb-2021 5:55 PM EST
Amazon spreads vaccine misinformation, UW iSchool researchers find
University of Washington

Amazon’s search algorithm gives preferential treatment to books that promote false claims about vaccines, according to research by UW Information School Ph.D. student Prerna Juneja and Assistant Professor Tanu Mitra.

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Released: 1-Feb-2021 2:55 PM EST
Mirror, mirror on the monitor
Washington University in St. Louis

Research from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis asks if our views about our own appearances have changed in the age of Zoom.

Released: 28-Jan-2021 1:20 PM EST
Shared video of Dr. Fauci CNN interview with added commentary sends wrong message about COVID vaccine protection
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Shared video of Dr. Fauci CNN interview with added commentary sends wrong message about COVID vaccine protection

Released: 27-Jan-2021 2:35 PM EST
Children can bypass age verification procedures in popular social media apps
Lero

Children of all ages can completely bypass age verification measures to sign-up to the world's most popular social media apps including Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Discord by simply lying about their age, researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software have discovered.

Released: 27-Jan-2021 1:45 PM EST
Social media study reveals diabetics' fear of disrupted insulin supplies because of Brexit
University of York

Diabetics living in the UK worry about disruption to insulin supplies as a result of Brexit, new research shows.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 1:40 PM EST
To combat false news, correct after reading
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The battle to stop false news and online misinformation is not going to end any time soon, but a new finding from MIT scholars may help ease the problem.


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