The study was one of the largest ever experiments in the field of social science up until that point, and the first to demonstrate that the online world can affect a significant real-world behavior on a large scale, the researchers said. It was also the first to show how social pressure impacted voter encouragement online: Not surprisingly, a user’s closest Facebook friends exerted the most influence in getting them to the ballot box. (The company’s new U.S. voter registration notification also asks users to “Share you registered” with friends.) … [Read more...] about The problem with Facebook’s plan to sign up 4 million voters
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In one survey asking respondents on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to look at the ethics of the Facebook study compared to other university studies, only 23% of those who hadn’t already been made aware of the news said Facebook shouldn’t have been allowed to proceed. In a separate group that was asked how they felt about certain conditions of the Facebook experiment, 24% said the experiment should be given the axe. A much larger percentage (47% and 46%, respectively) of respondents who had already heard of the study agreed that the experiment should have been shut down. … [Read more...] about Why Did We Care About the Facebook Contagion Study? Or Did We Even Care At All?
Of course, the danger here is that users could be tricked into answering personal questions under the false promise of anonymity, only to see potentially embarrassing information made public. To be sure, many users were not fooled by the solicitations, at least according to reports on Twitter, but even some savvy users reported to almost falling for the trick on Reddit, and some media outlets wrote explainer articles on how to get the new “feature,” which isn’t actually a feature. … [Read more...] about No, Instagram has not launched an anonymous questions sticker
Independent researchers at both the Tech Transparency Project and the Global Disinformation Index have published reports detailing when and where Google placed ads next to health misinformation on third-party websites. In its report, the Tech Transparency Project identified 97 websites that habitually publish false information and use Google ads to generate income. The Global Disinformation Index publishes monthly reports of ads placed on conspiracy theory sites. In March, the Global Disinformation Index found 1,400 sites spreading COVID-19 misinformation in Europe earned a collective $76 million from ad tools , with the majority of it coming from Google. Both institutions say that Google is profiting off health conspiracies while publicly committing to fighting COVID-19 misinformation. … [Read more...] about Google is placing ads next to COVID-19 misinformation on conspiracy sites
Blair Westlake, former chairman of Universal Television and head of media and entertainment for Microsoft, sees things similarly. “I anticipate fewer films making they way to theaters in the future,” he says. “Studios will be far more select in which films are actually worthy of the marketing expense and all that goes into maximizing the return of multi-hundred-million-dollar films. Particularly Disney, Warner Bros., and NBCUniversal that have SVOD affiliates—Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Peacock—will lead the charge of direct-to-consumer for many titles. They’re starting to embrace through their actions, not just soundbites, that the consumer must come first.” … [Read more...] about How to watch Hamilton for free on Disney Plus: You can’t, and here’s why