Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Despite efforts, Facebook is not ready to take on fake news

This week, Facebook launched an advertising campaign in the U.K. seeking to help the public discern fake news online. The move, which precedes parliamentary elections in Britain, is seen as an attempt to curb the spread of false stories over Facebook ahead of critical political events. Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University […]

Google, Facebook must set standards beyond fake news

Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies the way people communicate online and the role of accountability, credibility, and legitimacy within social networks, says that steps to regulate fake news online are attempts by social media companies to avoid facing up to their larger public role. Bio: https://communication.cals.cornell.edu/people/drew-margolin Margolin says: “Fake […]

‘Likes’ less likely to affect self-esteem of people with purpose

ITHACA, N.Y. – How many likes did I get? The rush of self-esteem that comes with the ubiquitous thumbs-up of a ‘like’ has more people asking that question, as Facebook and other social media sites offer more ways for friends to endorse photos and posts. But one group seems immune to that rush: people with […]

Social media boosts remembrance of things past

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study – the first to look at social media’s effect on memory – suggests posting personal experiences on social media makes those events much easier to recall. “If people want to remember personal experiences, the best way is to put them online,” said Qi Wang, the lead author of the […]

Navigating Facebook when you can’t see faces

ITHACA, N.Y. – As its name implies, a lot of Facebook is about faces. Users upload 350 million photos a day, making visual content a big part of the platform’s experience. But this presents challenges to visually impaired users, according to a study by Cornell information science researchers, who suggest that the technology used on […]

Addicted to Facebook: Four reasons we keep coming back

ITHACA, N.Y. – Admit it, you’ve thought about walking away from Facebook at one time or another. Perhaps you’ve gone so far as to shut down your account, swearing never to return, only to meekly log back in a week later. New research from Cornell Information and Science discovered four reasons it’s so hard to […]

Teens may be getting picky, but don’t count Facebook out yet

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE May 22, 2013 Teens may be getting picky, but don’t count Facebook out yet This week, a Pew Research Center report found that teens are leaving Facebook for other social media platforms – particularly those not populated by parents as well. Two Cornell University researchers who have studied Facebook and […]

Fleeing Facebook: Study examines why people quit – and come back – to the ‘global aquarium’

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Fleeing Facebook: Study examines why people quit – and come back – to the ‘global aquarium’

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE FOR RELEASE:  April 30, 2013 Contact: Syl Kacapyr Office: 607-255-7701 Email: vpk6@cornell.edu NOTE: A copy of the study and additional information is available at https://cornell.box.com/FleeingFacebook Fleeing Facebook: Study examines why people quit – and come back – to the ‘global aquarium’ ITHACA, N.Y. – With more than a billion active […]