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Questions tagged [social-media]

websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

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Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
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Does YouTube delete video dislikes?

On some YouTube videos, particularly highly downvoted ones, I often see comments asserting that their dislikes on the video are being deleted, either by YouTube or the channel itself. From the ...
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Is this list of demands of British yellow vest protestors genuine?

A Twitter post by James Felton has received over 2000 retweets. It includes a picture of a piece of paper printed with the following text: UK YELLOW VESTS AND WHAT WE STAND FOR!!!!! JUSTICE ...
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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

These photos are circulating on social media. Are they real? How can a forest fire burn homes in the center of a forest without burning the trees? Portion of Paradise, CA after the "Forest Fire". ...
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Did a baby named Netflix de Jesús get registered this year in Colombia?

I was recently sent this image via social media, claiming that a baby with given name Netflix de Jesús had been registered earlier this year in Colombia: This is not entirely an implausible claim,...
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Did Facebook ads significantly influence voting behaviour in the 2016 presidential election?

There have been significant concerns in some political groups about foreign interference via social media on many recent elections. But there seems to be little hard evidence that any content on ...
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Are scammers using social media fake-news sharing behaviour to identify and target gullible people?

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal I remember hearing - likely in an interview in a BBC Radio4 programme on the topic (unfortunately I don't recall more than that) - a claim that ...
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Did GOP senators say these things about Kavanaugh allegations?

I saw the following screenshot on Twitter: The picture shows an MSNBC screen with the header "GOP SENATORS ON KAVANAUGH ALLEGATIONS" with pictures and the following quotes: "I'll listen to the lady, ...
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Is British MP and Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg receiving support on social media from known Kremlin networks?

This article, which is being linked and shared on Facebook, claims that British MP and Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg is receiving support on social media from known Kremlin networks. Analysis ...
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Is this picture from the flooded cave rescue in Thailand?

I came across the following post on Facebook (original text is on Portuguese, translation and emphasis by me): BOYS MEDITATING WHILE WAIT FOR RESCUE INSIDE CAVE IN THAILAND The former Buddhist ...
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Was—or is?—there an ICE checkpoint at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station in Manhattan? [closed]

All around social media this past Tuesday in New York City a viral message claiming there was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) "checkpoint” at the 23rd Street N/Q/R/W subway station in ...
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Did 5% of British users delete their Facebook accounts after the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Reported on the BBC: But when the news came out that Facebook had passed on data of up to 87 million of its members to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge - and one in ...
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Is this a real display in the United States Holocaust Museum?

I saw this on my Facebook news feed, posted on a page called “Truth in Crisis”. Is this a real display in the United States Holocaust Museum as the post claims? I’m doubtful as a number of them seem ...
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Does Instagram withhold likes to increase usage?

Matt Mayberry, who works at a California startup called Dopamine Labs, says it's common knowledge in the industry that Instagram exploits this craving by strategically withholding "likes" from certain ...
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“The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe”?

When one googles "The Flat Earth Society has members all around the globe", many images appear. Some of them claim this is a post by the Flat Earth Society itself, such as this one: I wonder if this ...
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Do we live in a post-truth era? [closed]

Apparently Oxford Dictionary's "word of the year" in 2016 was post-truth: ... relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than ...
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Does social media cause permanent damage to concentration capability?

In this TEDxtalk (transcript is here), the speaker claims that there is a growing amount of research that shows that spending large amounts of time on social media permanently damages the capability ...
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WhatsApp group “Interschools” linked to Daesh?

I recently received this message, apparently a mass text message, from a WhatsApp group: There is a watsup group called' Interschools, if invited, don't join the group, it belongs to Daesh(...
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Is this €150k beach club bill real?

This bill, with a total amount of over €150,000, from a beach club in Monaco is currently circulating on social media. Is it real? I've checked the website of the beach club; some of the more common ...
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Did 150,000 people march against Muslim Immigration in Poland?

The following video was posted on the Facebook page of Milo Yiannopoulos. The video has the following text: 150,000 MARCHED AGAINST MUSLIM IMMIGRATION IN POLAND BUT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA DID ...
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Do 82% of women making $100K per year in the US do it through home based businesses? [closed]

See this on social media every now and then. Any truth to it?
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Is there a Russian social media game called “Blue Whale” that incites self-violence and suicide?

According to the Daily Mail: Police in Russia are investigating a rush of teenage suicide attempts amid fears that they may have been manipulated by sinister social media groups. Two ...
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Is the “Most people are sheep” video genuine?

On August 30, 2016, Anonymous posted a "quite disturbing" video of a young woman caving in to herd behavior by standing up whenever a random beep was heard in the waiting area of an eye exam office ("...
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Does Twitter censor content with a double standard? [closed]

If you google search "twitter double standard censorship", there's certainly no shortage of people claiming that Twitter censors content with a double standard. Essentially, the claim will take ...
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Does YouTube send every video to every subscription inbox?

According to this video by The Game Theorists, YouTube does not push every video a channel makes to all of that channel's subscriber inboxes. Rather, a subscriber only sees videos from channels they ...
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Can 100 bicycles be made from the materials used to build one car?

I found this tweet from Greenpeace Colombia which says: (In Spanish): Con los materiales usados para hacer un auto se hacen 100 bicicletas. (Translated): The materials used to build one car ...
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Did Frances Coppola tweet about immigration opponents organising the Cologne sex crimes?

Did Frances Coppola, a senior journalist at Forbes, post the following tweet? @shoerster I bet they did. I suspect anti-immigration people of organising the Cologne sex crimes. Fastest way of ...
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Did this Twitter bot predict the Paris shootings 2 days before they happened?

A (now suspended) Twitter bot under the handle PZFeed Ebooks (@PZbooks) posted this tweet on November 11th, at 11:44 AM. Note the date carefully, that's November 11th, 2015. It reads: BREAKING: ...
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Did the Twitter account Fifndhs predict the exact World Cup results ahead of time?

There was a feeling of exhilaration and excitement on Twitter, with the Twitter account @FifNdhs called “FIFA Corruption” seemingly having predicted the final result of the World Cup final hours ahead ...
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Are Facebook Likes similar to cocaine addiction?

The Financal Times reports: Dopamine jolt behind internet addiction The effect on the brain is similar to what makes drug addicts reuse cocaine Kristen Lindquist, professor of psychology ...
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Is the new “Livr” social network a hoax?

This website claims to be launching a new app in Spring 2014. It is said to be a social network that will only open up if your blood alcohol level is over a certain limit. Inside the app you then have ...
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Now that Facebook is a PLC does this change the privacy of your profile contents [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective? I have noticed several people posts a boilerplate notice on their Facebook wall as fallows: To ...
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Do Facebook and email have “wide ranging biological effects” and potentially cause cancer?

From the Daily Mirror: Social networking sites such as Facebook could raise your risk of serious health problems by reducing levels of face-to-face contact, a doctor claims. Emailing people ...
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Is the trending Facebook “privacy notice” necessary and/or effective?

This facebook post has gone viral among my friends PRIVACY NOTICE: Warning - any person and/or institution and/or Agent and/or Agency of any governmental structure including but not limited to ...
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Is one not able to tweet “Get Better.” because it's something Dorsey's father used to say?

I've tried to tweet "Get Better." (without the quotes) a dozen times now, and it keeps not showing. A friend of mine told me that, while in high school, Jack Dorsey's (the creator of Twitter) father ...
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Do Facebook or its third-party partners use my photos in ads?

There's a current scare going around FB that now that it wants to make some actual money, they'll start using profile pics and other things uploaded to facebook in advertisements. Here is an example ...
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26 thousand users of Facebook list their location as Greenland

Recently, according to this map 25 680 users of Facebook list their location as Greenland. 26 000 is about half of the number of inhabitants of Greenland. If these data are reliable it says that there ...
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Does social media have measurable impacts on our brain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Social Networking harmful to mind or body? Many claims are being made on social media affecting everything from attentionspan to ability to comperhend complex ideas. Are ...
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Is Social Networking harmful to mind or body?

Susan Greenfield, an English pharmacologist, is quoted by the New York times as saying: My fear is that these technologies are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are ...
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Can employers check your facebook?

I've seen a million articles that say basically, "Be very careful what you put on Facebook because employers check that before they hire you... would you want them seeing pictures of your drunken ...
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What role did Facebook/Twitter play in the “Arab Spring”?

Many media reports say that Twitter and Facebook played critical roles in the so-called Arab Spring. However, I find it hard to believe this, and I really haven't seen any concrete examples of how ...
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Does US Intelligence have built-in interfaces in major social networking sites that allow them to browse personal information at will?

From this interview from Julian Assange: He believes the social network is joined by Google, Yahoo and other major US organisations that have “built in interfaces for US Intelligence”: It’...