Homeland Security details social media collection from immigrants

[ad_1] The AP said in June that Homeland Security was planning to expand its social media collection, but there haven’t been details until now. There have been numerous objections to Homeland Security’s practices, particularly since the visa requirements took effect in May. It’s not clear just how investigators conduct searches, or what they’re specifically looking […]

NYU report lists likely social media disinformation tactics for 2020

[ad_1] The report largely rehashes how fake news has evolved in the aftermath of 2016, to something as likely to spread on Instagram or Whatsapp as on Facebook, or as likely to come from domestic actors as from Russia. “Disinformation poses a major threat to the U.S. presidential election in 2020, with the potential to […]

US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

[ad_1] In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans. Facebook says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) […]

How social media keeps us coming back for more even when it makes us unhappy

[ad_1] Credit: Drazen Zigic/Shutterstock If you ever find yourself looking forward to a holiday because you’ll be able to switch off your smartphone then perhaps you’re suffering from social media “technostress”. The constant stream of messages, updates and content that social media apps deliver right to our pockets can sometimes feel like a social overload, […]

US to use fake social media to check people entering country

[ad_1] In this Aug. 16, 2019, file photo a citizen candidate holds an American flag and the words to The Star-Spangled Banner before the start of a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Miami field office in Miami. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers can now create fictitious social media accounts to […]

Majority of social media users are happy for their data to be used for research, study reveals

[ad_1] Social media users cited the potential benefit for medical research as the most influential factor for them to consent to their data being used for research. Credit: University of York Social media users are generally positive about their personal data being used for research purposes, a study by the University of York has revealed. […]

CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming

[ad_1] In this Feb. 13, 2012, file photo, a CBS logo is displayed on the exterior of CBS Scene Restaurant and Bar, at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass. CBS and Viacom said Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, that they will reunite, bringing together their networks and the Paramount movie studio as traditional media giants bulk up […]

An algorithm to detect outside influences on the media

[ad_1] Credit: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne EPFL researchers recently developed an algorithm that maps out the media landscape and reveals biases and hidden influences in the news industry. News consumers may not be aware that the way their local media outlet selects and presents news stories can be affected by the media group that […]

Study explores interactions between world leaders on social media

[ad_1] The leaders’ mention network uncovered by the researchers. Credit: Iakhnis & Badawy. Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) have recently carried out a study investigating the interactions among different world leaders and influential political figures on social media. Their findings, pre-published on arXiv, provide interesting new insight about how government actors use […]