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Dunking on political foes boosts social media engagement

A new study has further exposed the effect of polarizing content on social media engagement.Researchers from the universities of Cambridge and New York found that tweets and Facebook posts about opposing political parties are far more likely to be shared than content containing emotional language.Up front: Social media platforms have long been accused of algorithmically promoting divisive content, because it’s more likely to go viral and thereby attract ad revenue.The researchers […]

todayJuly 13, 2021 3


Social media produces a more diverse news diet — wait, what?!

New research has challenged the very existence of online filter bubbles.The study found that people who use search engines, social media, and aggregators to access news can actually have more diverse information diets.Researchers from the universities of Oxford and Liverpool analyzed web tracking data on around 3,000 UK news users.The team tracked every visit from a desktop or laptop to 21 of the most popular UK news websites over a one-month period. […]

todayJuly 9, 2021 3


Trump’s new lawsuits against social media companies are going nowhere fast – 98bmp

Trump’s spicy trio of lawsuits against the social media platforms that he believes wrongfully banned him have succeeded in showering the former president with a flurry of media attention, but that’s likely where the story ends. Like Trump’s quixotic and ultimately empty quest to gut Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act during his presidency, the new lawsuits are all sound and fury with little legal substance to back them […]

todayJuly 7, 2021 3


In one of India’s largest exits, Swedish media giant MTG buys PlaySimple for $360M – 98bmp

To get a roundup of 98bmp’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 2. We are heading into a holiday weekend here in the United States, so you might imagine that tech news slowed down. It did not, as we’ll see shortly. Looking ahead, TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising is […]

todayJuly 3, 2021 2

Music News

Anthony Vincent Leads Social Media All-Star Metallica Cover

With 2021 being the 30th anniversary of Metallica's self-titled "black" album, you can look for a lot of love for the massively huge record. Among those paying tribute is a group of social media all-stars led by YouTube sensation Anthony Vincent. Check out the collective tribute to Metallica's "Wherever I May Roam" below.Vincent, who found fame via the video-centric social media by covering songs in a variety of styles on his […]

todayJune 22, 2021 2

Music News

Soundgarden Regain Social Media, Will Ban Conspiracy Theorists

The surviving members of Soundgarden have temporarily regained access to their website and social media accounts. The band has also announced a new policy on comments from fans, stating that inflammatory rhetoric about the band’s family members or conspiracy theories regarding Chris Cornell will result in an automatic ban.In a claim filed by Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd earlier this year, the musicians stated that Chris Cornell’s widow, […]

todayJune 17, 2021 3


Tesla hops on Chinese social media to police posts that damage its brand

A Tesla owner in China gave a public apology on social media for uploading a video on his TikTok account with a staged “brake failure” incident.The legal department of Tesla China seems to have accused the user for false defamation, which resulted in a new TikTok video where he revokes his previous “claims.”In his apology, the EV owner admits that his Model X had never had a brake issue over […]

todayJune 2, 2021 3


GPT-3’s ability to ‘write disinformation’ is being wildly overstated by the media

GPT-3, the highly-touted text generator built by OpenAI, can do a lot of things. For example, Microsoft today announced a new AI-powered “autocomplete” system for coding that uses GPT-3 to build out code solutions for people without requiring them to do any developing.But one thing the technology can not do is “dupe humans” with its ability to write misinformation.Yet, you wouldn’t know that if you were solely judging by the […]

todayMay 25, 2021 1


Florida’s ban on bans will test First Amendment rights of social media companies – 98bmp

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a restriction on social media companies’ ability to ban candidates for state offices and news outlets, and in doing so offered a direct challenge to those companies’ perceived free speech rights. The law is almost certain to be challenged in court as both unconstitutional and in direct conflict with federal rules. The law, Florida Senate Bill 7072, provides several new checks on […]

todayMay 24, 2021 2