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NPR accidentally posts about a cat on its Facebook, now people want more of the cat

Accidentally posting personal stuff onto a work page is every social media manager’s worst nightmare. This time, after the last few days, it came as a moment of relief. On Monday, an NPR staffer’s accidental Facebook post went viral, amassing more than 20,000 reactions at the time of writing. It concerned none other than a[…]

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What your Instagram posts might reveal about experiencing depression

Whether you realize it or not, you leave a trail of clues about your mental health on social media. Emerging research suggests that words, characters, and even emoji can reveal information about people’s moods and mental well-being.  That might seem obvious when it comes to explicitly emotional posts, but information about mental health can be[…]

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The government wants Facebook to let you mass delete all your cringe teen posts

Have you always dreamed of deleting all your cringey, pre-18 social media history without having to check each post one by one?    SEE ALSO: Why using AI in policing decisions risks race and class bias The Conservative Party is here to serve you.  Under campaign pledges announced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May ahead[…]

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Instagram’s most-liked posts of 2016 utterly dominated by one person

In 2016, there was only one queen of Instagram. That’s singer Selena Gomez, who despite taking a 14-week break from social media this year, dominated the top five most-liked posts on the social media platform.  SEE ALSO: How Selena Gomez turned vulnerability into her greatest strength Her most-liked photo had 5.9 million likes and was[…]

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‘White Nonsense Roundup’ is here to take on racist Facebook posts

When another #AllLivesMatter post goes up, the White Nonsense Roundup steps in. SEE ALSO: Muslim man verbally harassed in Starbucks shares harrowing experience online After an increase of police violence toward black men that came to a head in July, Washington-based activists Terri Kompton and Layla Tromble realized they had to help out, even if[…]

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Why scientists think your social media posts can help prevent suicide

Take a moment to look at your emoji keyboard. Scroll through the angry face, ghost, stiletto, doughnut, flashlight and cigarette until you reach the hearts.  There it is: love. Amid the mundane and humorous, those vibrant, colorful little shapes can easily become a rapid-fire display of affection to a friend, parent or partner. But notice, too,[…]

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Why China fakes 488 million social media posts a year

China’s government fabricates about 488 million social media comments a year — nearly the same as one day of Twitter’s total global volume — in a massive effort to distract its citizens from bad news and sensitive political debates, according to a study. Three scholars led by Gary King, a political scientist at Harvard University[…]