Category: Social media

Why data makes the difference in health and wellness marketing

Presented by yellowHEAD Gaining consumer attention is hard in every vertical, but in industries like wellness, finance, and insurance, it can be particularly challenging. In this VB Live event, you’ll learn how to leverage data and testing to connect with consumers in these markets. Register here for free. The wellness and well-being space has always […]

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The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online

Over the last decade, Dr. Mercola has built a vast operation to push natural health cures, disseminate anti-vaccination content and profit from all of it, said researchers who have studied his network. In 2017, he filed an affidavit claiming his net worth was “in excess of $100 million.” And rather than directly stating online that […]

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Man Gets 5 Years in ‘Swatting’ Death of Tennessee Grandfather

Smart, blunt and plain-spoken, Mr. Herring had loved computers since he was a teenager and joined Twitter in March 2007, less than a year after it started, his family said. He knew people wanted his handle, which he chose because of his love for the state, where he had been born and raised, and had […]

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This Dangerous TikTok Challenge Just Killed a 12-Year-Old

A dangerous trend on TikTok has allegedly caused the death of at least three children this year. (Photo Ilustration by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A dangerous trend from years past is making a deadly comeback with some young TikTok users—and it’s already claimed […]

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She Heard His Voice and Found Her Soul Mate

Natasha Grano and Michael Graziano said their intimate wedding with four guests on June 5 was “elegant and powerful.” Equally special was the ceremony a day after, attended by thousands on the social media app Clubhouse, where their closest confidants gather. The two probably wouldn’t have even met had Ms. Grano not fallen in love […]

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Cop Is Rehired Despite His Racist Social Media Posts Encouraging Police Brutality Against Protesters

NewsOne Featured Video Source: MANAN VATSYAYANA / Getty A Massachusetts police department that previously decried racism has rehired one of its former cops who retired following attention to his racist social media posts that encouraged police brutality against protesters and wished harm to immigrants. Specifically, Michael Wilk posted about his desire for police officers to […]

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Alaska Assistant Attorney General Outed as User of Bigoted White Extremist Twitter Account: Report

Photo: Sattalat Phukkum (Shutterstock) The chief corrections counsel for Alaska’s attorney general is now the subject of an investigation by the state’s department of law after researchers found he allegedly operated a secret right-wing Twitter account that he used to spread anti-Jewish propaganda, denounce the Black Lives Matter movement, whine about anti-whiteness and be bigoted […]

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Lincoln Laboratory convenes top network scientists for Graph Exploitation Symposium

As the Covid-19 pandemic has shown, we live in a richly connected world, facilitating not only the efficient spread of a virus but also of information and influence. What can we learn by analyzing these connections? This is a core question of network science, a field of research that models interactions across physical, biological, social, […]

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Cyberflashing should be new criminal offence, review suggests

Unsolicited sending of obscene images should be made illegal through the creation of a new offence of cyberflashing, a UK government-commissioned review recommended. The Law Commission said that while the Sexual Offences Act criminalised exposure of genitals it was not sufficiently clear whether that covered images or video recordings. In a report, published on Wednesday, […]

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The Riddle of Riley Keough

“Zola,” based on a notorious Twitter thread, is about people who use social media as an advertisement, but Keough prefers using it to puncture her own celebrity: Though she has starred in a few films for the hot studio A24, Keough hopped on her Instagram last year to breezily rattle off all the A24 movies […]

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Twitter Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene for Posting Coronavirus Misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter said on Monday that it was suspending Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from its service for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated its policy against sharing misleading information about the coronavirus. Ms. Greene, a Republican of Georgia, has been an outspoken opponent of vaccines and masks as tools to curb […]

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‘They’re Killing People’: Biden Denounces Social Media for Virus Disinformation

WASHINGTON — President Biden unleashed his growing frustration with social media on Friday, saying that platforms like Facebook were “killing people” by allowing disinformation about the coronavirus vaccine to spread online. Mr. Biden’s forceful statement capped weeks of anger in the White House over the dissemination of vaccine disinformation online, even as the pace of […]

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Instagram ‘pushes weight-loss messages to teenagers’

Instagram’s algorithms are pushing teenage girls who even briefly engage with fitness-related images towards a flood of weight-loss content, according to new research which aimed to recreate the experience of being a child on social networks. Researchers adopting “mystery shopper” techniques set up a series of Instagram profiles mirroring real children and followed the same […]

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Biden calls on Facebook to tackle misinformation after saying it’s ‘killing people’

Joe Biden has tempered his assessment that social media platforms are “killing people” by hosting misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines, saying Monday that he hoped they would not take it “personally” and instead would act to save lives. While companies like Facebook defend their practices and say they’re helping people around the world access verified […]

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Facebook Is Designed to Spread Covid Misinformation

On Friday, the most popular vaccine-related Facebook post in the United States was an anti-vax message from far-right Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene. A tech watchdog group found that 11 out of 15 highly performing vaccine posts were “negative or anti-vax.” The most popular Covid post on Facebook last month, with four million views, was apparently […]

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Idris Elba Wants Everyone On Social Media To Be Verified To Prevent Anonymous Cowards From Spouting ‘Racial Rhetoric’

Idris Elba has offered a possible solution for the racist abuse that England soccer players Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka, and Jadon Sancho have faced since the Euro 2020 final. “People in the public eye get verified on social media,” the actor wrote on Instagram. “The process of verification requires them to prove their IDENTITY, so […]

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‘They’re killing people’: Biden slams Facebook for Covid misinformation

Joe Biden says social media platforms such as Facebook “are killing people” for allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to be posted on its platform, as the administration continued criticising the company. “They’re killing people. … Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people,” the US president told reporters at […]

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