Category Archives: Social Media

Tweets Come Back To Bite

Tweets come back to bite: College students beware of the future impact of tweets.

Sydney Smith reports that CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins apologized for her “ignorant language” in 2011 tweets while she was in college, calling it “immature.”

 

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Feminist Fact-Finding

Feminist fact-finding: Daniel Funke describes a project “going after false claims and online information about gender issues” in Europe.

“FemFacts is aimed at tackling some of the false narratives about women published by European media,” Funke writes.

 

Twitter Pros And Cons

Twitter pros and cons: A research article by Shannon McGregor and Logan Molyneux reports that Twitter affects journalists’ news judgment, leading to “pack journalism”

Upside is “a wider array of voices into the mainstream news agenda.”

Twitter plays a key role in journalistic practices, they write. “Twitter’s growing centrality in the news process warrants greater scrutiny from journalists and scholars.”

 

Media Bullying

Media bullying: Alexandria Neason and Nausicaa Renner comment on media intimidation of Prof. Christine Blasey Ford.

“Journalists spend much of our professional lives wading through justifications for our subjects’ behavior and asking when has it crossed an ethical line,” they write. “This hearing shows the urgent need for us to examine our own.”

 

YouTube A Conspiracy Ecosystem

YouTube a conspiracy ecosystem: Craig Timberg and Drew Harwell write about wild conspiracies that flood YouTube.

“Among the most popular genres in the collection were related to mass shootings, and especially the one in Las Vegas in October that killed 58 people,” they write. “Typically these portrayed the attacks as politically motivated hoaxes, so called ‘false flags’ intended to dupe the public into believing that gun rights needed to be curtailed.” The 50 most widely viewed mass-shooting conspiracy videos were viewed 50 million times.

 

The Enduring Weather Person

The enduring weather person: Andrew McCormick observes that weather reporters entertain audiences in fair weather and counsel them in bad.

“It isn’t completely surprising that they would be in demand as storms loom,” he writes. “But it is notable, in the age of Twitter and smart phones, that the broadcast TV weather person — analog, local, old-school — has stayed so viable.”

 

Celebrity Death Hoaxes

Celebrity death hoaxes: Daniel Funke and Alexios Mantzarlis report that celebrity deaths are a popular subgenre of misinformation and offer 15 fact-checking links.

“At a time when we are at pains to distinguish ‘real news’ from ‘fake news,’ falling for these shallow fabrications undermines the argument,” they write.

 

Guarding Against Online Trolls

Guarding against online trolls: James Ball reports that journalistic thoughtfulness often “goes out the door when it comes to reporting events that begin on social media.”

Online celebrities and people on the internet often are manipulators with agendas, Ball writes.

“And journalists fall into their trap, time and time again; something about online messaging turns off our reporting instincts.”