As per the Reuters report, Facebook’s interest in such bets is an effort to make money from television advertising and increase the time spent on its platform. Facebook currently offers live video from a number of news publishers as well as its users. … [Read more...] about Facebook bids for IPL’s streaming rights: Is Zuckerberg trying to tap the video streaming business?
Predicting depression via social media
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
Did Irish Potato Famine make Halloween popular? Bound by rigid Protestant belief systems, the newly born United States of America did not celebrate Halloween, except in a few southern states. However, during the Irish Potato famine (1845-1849), Irish emigrants flooded the US. They brought along their ancient tradition and gradually the American version of Halloween emerged. Initially, a festival with religious/pagan connotation, by the 1950s, Halloween shed its religious overtone and metamorphosed into a night-long street/house party. … [Read more...] about Halloween or All Hallows’ Eve?
It’s not easy to expose people to what they’d rather not know, so Cambridge’s lab created a game called Go Viral, where users learn how coronavirus-related conspiracy theories spread online. The game’s goal is to help players become versed in the tactics of fearmongering and successfully use misinformation to go viral within the game’s universe. … [Read more...] about This game can stop people from falling for COVID-19 conspiracies
Twitter erupts over 'Shaktimaan' Mukesh Khanna’s #MeToo comment Future of fashion weeks: Digital and on-ground experiences collide in disruptive, democratic ways Aadyam: Corporate-driven theatre initiative battles Covid to keep the archlights on … [Read more...] about IPL 2020 grabs more eyeballs, per-match viewership sees 11% growth