Even as Star India has managed to walk away with the honours at the IPL media rights auction (for all markets across media and digital platforms for the next five years) by coughing up a massive Rs 16,3478 crore not many noticed the huge amount US-based social media giant Facebook was willing to pay for Indian cricket matches: Rs 3,849 crore. … [Read more...] about Facebook bids for IPL’s streaming rights: Is Zuckerberg trying to tap the video streaming business?
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Why it’s so hard to study the impact of violence on the internet It is incredibly difficult to study the impact of viewing a suicide online, but sociologists have tried to quantify the mental health impacts of social media by surveying users. For one study from last year, researchers interviewed a group of largely white female Instagram users between the ages of 18 and 29 about whether they came into contact with images or video of self-harm and how they reacted to it. They were asked if they found that content disturbing, among a list of other questions concerning their mental health and predisposition to suicidality. In the first wave, 1,262 people responded. Only 729 people of the same group responded to a second set of questions sent a month later. The researchers found that about 20% of those who saw images of self-harm sought them out. More telling, according to the researchers, was that over half of those who had seen these images had considered harming themselves in … [Read more...] about Researchers can’t even begin to assess the damage from viral suicide videos
“You can’t expect people to man them for 14 straight hours,” he says. “You need shifts.” While their essential, behind-the-scenes work—and pay—varies from state to state, poll workers are responsible for: setting up voting booths, signs and supplies; greeting voters and checking their names off voter rolls; assisting those who need help; monitoring equipment; clearing up and transferring ballots to local election officials; and in some states, tallying and reporting results. This year, they’ll also need to enforce social distancing and continually sanitize equipment. … [Read more...] about A new generation of younger poll workers is stepping up to protect the elderly from COVID-19
Now that the player has found their community, the game pushes them to weigh in on the topic. A prompt draws the player’s attention to an observation: “Did you also notice that the posts with the most likes all tap into negative emotions?” Then, the player is asked to choose three words that they could use in an emotionally engaging tweet. The exercise is meant to show the player how choice words can amplify a message and garner likes and retweets. The more terrifying the language around a data point, the more likely people are to spread it. … [Read more...] about This game can stop people from falling for COVID-19 conspiracies
He points to Twitter, which removed a tweet from one of the President’s advisers doubting the efficacy of a wearing mask to curb the spread of COVID-19. Along with applying labels to misleading tweets, Twitter has started to encourage people to read an article before they retweet it and to promote quote tweets over retweets—much of which aims to convince users to slow down, to Barrett’s point. … [Read more...] about This is the simplest way to protect yourself from election madness