The Senate’s Section 230 Circus Sent a Bad Global Signal

Yesterday’s Senate hearing with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey was a mess. Several Democrats focused their questions on real issues such as antitrust, extremism on social media, and the value of local journalism....

The Science That Spans #MeToo, Memes, and Covid-19

Network science’s underlying theory predates the internet, but social media’s rise was an important cultural innovation that implored the need for a science of how people are connected. And while there are myriad fun and interesting questions about the way that people...

Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation

On Election Night, she wrote, Wikipedia is likely to impose even tighter restrictions, limiting the power to publish a winner in the presidential contest—sourced, of course, to reputable outlets like the Associated Press or big network news operations—to the most...

My Twitter Addiction Got So Bad, I Had to Block Myself

SUPPORT REQUEST : From : [ 424 ] FAILED DEPENDENCY Part of my job requires knowing what's happening on Twitter and other social platforms, but lately I've spent far more hours on these sites than necessary. The addiction itself is like any addiction, which is to say...

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

America has given social media giants ample time to figure out how to stop their platforms from being used to sow political discord. Yet we find ourselves stuck in an even more precarious situation than 2016—not only is the possibility of a stolen election real,...

Trump’s Strangest Lie: A Plague of Suicides Under His Watch

In last night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump repeated one of his more unorthodox reelection pitches. “People are losing their jobs,” he said. “They’re committing suicide. There’s depression, alcohol, drugs at a level that nobody’s ever seen before.” It’s strange...