An interdisciplinary group of U-M researchers turned to Twitter to see whether online discussions about food can help inform policy makers. They used community-based surveys to gather demographic and health-related behavior information that might help explain health status and disparities between groups, and whether there were differences between how groups of residents of a given region discussed food. Their… Read More »
To say Privacy@Michigan 2019 was well-connected would be an understatement. Online conversations happened throughout the day on Twitter and continued on Reddit Tuesday.
As the mid-term election approaches, the U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility offers media and the public a tool to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media through a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient. Housed in the U-M School of Information, the center’s first report confirms from a deep analysis what was suspected… Read More »
A new study has shown that people feel online harassment is deserved when the person commits an offense, even though the common consensus is that on principle, harassing is not appropriate. U-M researchers at the School of Information discovered that bystander intervention could change this perception. These researchers recruited participants from Twitter and Amazon Mechanical Turk and… Read More »
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has more than 36 million followers on Twitter, used political humor and sarcasm to become broadly appealing and refashion his political style, according to a U-M study of his tweets led by Joyojeet Pal, assistant professor of information. The study, published in the International Journal of Communication, shows that Modi tweets under nine broad themes: cricket, opposition… Read More »
Mr. Trump’s personal Twitter account has found itself at the center of a number of controversies and attracted the attention of traditional media, critics, and supporters alike, says Josh Pasek, a U-M communication studies professor. Now, the National Archives and Records Administration has confirmed that President Trump’s tweets will be preserved for posterity, in keeping with the Presidential Records Act. Traditionally, the president speaks to… Read More »
Twitter suspended the accounts of several high-profile leaders of the so-called alternative right last month, raising new questions about the largely online movement’s potential for influencing national debate. While the suspensions could damage the movement by limiting its ability to spread its ideology, others believe it could make the alt-right stronger by feeding into its narrative of liberal… Read More »
Last month, millions of viewers used Twitter to watch live streams of NFL football and the presidential debates. If you weren’t one, here’s how it works: After opening the Twitter app and selecting Moments, you click “watch live” to join the live stream, which also integrates a Twitter feed of hashtags related to the event. Amanda Lotz, professor… Read More »