Alt-right finds new partners in hate on China’s internet | China- Tempemail

In the early days of the 2016 US election campaign, Fang Kecheng, a former journalist at the liberal-leaning Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly and then a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania, began fact-checking Donald Trump’s statements on refugees and Muslims on Chinese social media, hoping to provide additional context Continue Reading

Study finds growing government use of sensitive data to ‘nudge’ behaviour | Data protection- Tempemail

A new form of “influence government”, which uses sensitive personal data to craft campaigns aimed at altering behaviour has been “supercharged” by the rise of big tech firms, researchers have warned. Tempemail and local governments have turned to targeted advertisements on search engines and social media platforms to try to Continue Reading

‘Urgent need’ for age restrictions on TikTok vaping videos, Australian study finds | E-cigarettes- Tempemail

Australian researchers who have studied the portrayal of vaping on TikTok say there is an “urgent need” for age restrictions to reduce teens’ exposure to videos that portray it in a positive light. University of Queensland researchers have analysed e-cigarette content posted by TikTok users globally and are calling for Continue Reading

Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds | Coronavirus- Tempemail

The vast majority of Covid-19 anti-vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories originated from just 12 people, a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) cited by the White House this week found. CCDH, a UK/US non-profit and non-governmental organization, found in March that these 12 online personalities they dubbed Continue Reading

Stroke survivor finds ‘guardian angel’ who saved his life in street- Tempemail

A stroke survivor who collapsed on a street in Mayfair has tracked down the “guardian angel” who saved his life after an appeal on social media. Mathew O’Toole, 47, was seated on a bench next to  a coffee shop in Wigmore Street in central London, on 10 June, when he Continue Reading

More than half of UK businesses don’t use social media to promote themselves, poll finds- Tempemail

A staggering six in 10 businesses still don’t use social media to boost their customer base, according to a poll. Despite it being one of the most popular forms of communication, a study of 500 owners of small to medium sized organisations found more than a quarter don’t post on Continue Reading

Twitter mulling paid service called Twitter Blue, finds researcher | Twitter- Tempemail

Twitter is considering launching a paid subscription service called Twitter Blue, according to unreleased features of the app discovered by an independent researcher. Jane Manchun Wong, who has made a name for herself through uncovering accidentally-public upcoming features of popular apps, shared screenshots of the service, which is currently pegged Continue Reading

Microsoft Finds ‘BadAlloc’ Flaws Affecting Wide-Range of IoT and OT Devices – Tempemail

Microsoft researchers on Thursday disclosed two dozen vulnerabilities affecting a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) devices used in industrial, medical, and enterprise networks that could be abused by adversaries to execute arbitrary code and even cause critical systems to crash. “These remote code execution Continue Reading

Just say no: negativity is secret of political tweet success, study finds | Twitter- Tempemail

You’ve treated your Twitter followers to a pithy 280-character comment about the government’s latest gaffe – but what gives your tweet the fuel to spread like wildfire? It’s how negative the tweet is, say researchers, that raises its chances of going viral, at least in the political context. Previous studies Continue Reading

Medical tests promoted in media with no mention of potential harm, Australian study finds | Medical research

Medical tests often offered through smartphones and watches and designed to detect the early signs of disease are being promoted by media without mention of their potential harms, an Australian study published in the leading US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine has found. Researchers from the University of Sydney and Continue Reading