Tag Archives: social media

How 2023 marked the death of anonymity online in China

How 2023 marked the death of anonymity online in China

In reality, it’s already impossible to be fully anonymous online in China. Over the years, to implement a stricter regime of online censorship, the country has built a sophisticated system that requires identity verification to use any online service. In many cases, posting politically sensitive content leads to account removal, calls from the police, or […]

How aspiring influencers are forced to fight the algorithm

How aspiring influencers are forced to fight the algorithm

There are two ways to try to understand the impact of content moderation and the algorithms that enforce those rules: by relying on what the platform says, and by asking creators themselves. In Tyler’s case, TikTok apologized and blamed an automatic filter that was set up to flag words associated with hate speech—but that was […]

The Download: Trolling text scammers, and China’s social media censorship

The Download: Trolling text scammers, and China’s social media censorship

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The people using humor to troll their spam texts The other night, I received a mysterious WhatsApp message. “Dr. Kevin?” it began, the question mark suggesting the sender felt bad for interrupting my […]

Homophobic misinformation is making it harder to contain the spread of monkeypox

Homophobic misinformation is making it harder to contain the spread of monkeypox

That job is being made harder by false, often homophobic theories that are spreading on all major social media platforms, according to research carried out for MIT Technology Review by the Center for Countering Digital Hate. These false claims are making it harder to convince the public that monkeypox can affect everyone, and they could […]

How to avoid sharing bad information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

How to avoid sharing bad information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Already, bad information about the Russian invasion has found large audiences on platforms fundamentally designed to promote content that gets engagement. On TikTok, a 2016 video of a training exercise was repurposed to create the false impression that Russian soldiers were parachuting into Ukraine; it was viewed millions of times. A mistranslation of a statement […]

Dementia content gets billions of views on TikTok. Whose story does it tell?

Dementia content gets billions of views on TikTok. Whose story does it tell?

A dementia diagnosis can instantly change how the world sees someone. The stigma has a long reach, too: family and friends of those with dementia might also find that the world has retreated from them. The internet, at its best, can help make the reality of living with dementia more visible. And for some, the […]