Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation

31 Mar

Vladimir Putin has released hundreds of lions and tigers on to the streets of Russia to enforce self-isolation.  Hollywood celebrities are not being diagnosed with coronavirus – they are actually being arrested for paedophilia offences. The US was threatening Iraq with coronavirus 30 years ago, as proven by an archived Associated Press video of Saddam … Continue reading “Going viral: Twitter and Facebook failing to contain Covid-19 misinformation”

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Twitter to remove tweets sharing fake claims about coronavirus

19 Mar

Tweets which promote fake treatments for the coronavirus or deny expert guidance will be marked as harmful and removed, Twitter has said. The social network, which has millions of active users, said content that could place people at a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 would contravene its safety rules. This could include claims that specific … Continue reading “Twitter to remove tweets sharing fake claims about coronavirus”

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NHS enlists help of social media platforms to tackle coronavirus ‘fake news’

10 Mar

Twitter is suspending accounts sharing false coronavirus news at the behest of the NHS, which has put the onus on platforms to help direct the public to official updates first and foremost. The NHS has today outlined its battle plan against so-called “fake news” around the coronavirus outbreak, which has now killed six people in … Continue reading “NHS enlists help of social media platforms to tackle coronavirus ‘fake news'”

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Twitter Break Own Terms of Service

14 Feb

For Valentine’s Day Twitter UK have rebranded as the #DatingTwitter Advice Bureau. Hold on a second, remember when CCHQ rebranded as Factcheck UK, didn’t Twitter themselves tell us during the election that rebranding trickery like this is against their terms of service for blue tick verified accounts on Twitter? “Any further attempts to mislead people […]

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Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns

7 Feb

Twitter has reported a rise in profits in 2019 while rival social network Facebook faced a rare loss last year. Twitter, the social media platform favoured by journalists, grew profits by a fifth to $1.46bn on revenues of £3.46bn for the year, new figures show. Chief executive Jack Dorsey said it had been a “great … Continue reading “Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns”

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Twitter and Social Media Resources

7 Feb

@journtoolboxFollow the Journalist’s Toolbox on Twitter. SOCIAL GRAPHICS AND VIDEO CREATION TOOLS Note: This collection of tools came from several journalism instructors’ contributions to the ONA Educators Facebook page. Sprout Social: Guide to Social Media Image Sizes Over appiPhone or Android app that layers text over photos. PabloVery simple layered graphics. Adobe Spark PostCreate social […]

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week

14 Jan

Battle waged between female media giants this morning on Twitter as Julia Hartley-Brewer called out Kay Burley’s hypocrisy when Lisa Nandy pulled out of an interview on her show. Julia was surprised Nandy didn’t get the same treatment subjected to James Cleverly during the election. And yet she didn’t “empty chair” her. https://t.co/Qm1sfixZxY — Julia […]

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Long read | What is going on with economic expertise?

12 Dec

What is going on with economic expertise? Why is it that it is constantly depicted as simply based on opinion rather than facts, ask Marina Della Giusta, Sylvia Jaworska, Danica Vukadinović-Greetham and Anna De Liddo? In this blog, they present their research which uses network and language analysis to explore the audience and the style of … Continued

Twitter Threaten CCHQ Over ‘FactCheck’ Rebrand Stunt

20 Nov

The cheeky move by CCHQ to rebrand themselves as a fact-checking account during last night’s debate may have got everyone talking, but could backfire as Twitter have said “Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information – in a manner seen during the UK Election Debate – will result in decisive corrective […]

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Twitter Bans Political Advertising

30 Oct

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announces worldwide ban on political advertising: We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵 — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 30, 2019 “A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account […]

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Boris Gets More Abuse than all other Party Leaders Combined

29 Oct

Data from the FT, who have analysed abuse MPs receive on Twitter this morning, has concluded, “The most toxic tweets came from users who mentioned the Brexit party or other hard Brexit-related terms in their user description”. Fits the mainstream narrative… However further down the article, the FT notes that abuse towards MPs is also overwhelmingly […]

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Brexit: democracy needs journalists to be transparent about their political sources

29 Oct

Twitter is more popular among Remainers – 18% of them get their news via 280 characters, as opposed to 10% of Leave voters. But, for other social networks, the differences are smaller and not statistically significant in most cases. The problems of polarisation – and of silos – are created by journalists and politicians themselves, write Meera Selva and Richard […]