It turns out that a lot of the false news stories shared on social media before the election were generated by teenagers in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. And according to BuzzFeed News, they made a good amount of money doing it.
According to Dr. Daniel Ashton, the media landscape we live with today is an opportunity to examine the heightened visibility and increasingly intimate relationship between the public and celebrities like Muhammad Ali, David Bowie and Prince.
Claims that Facebook deliberately manipulated stories on its list of trending topics undercuts its role as one of the world’s most powerful tools for 21st century communication, writes Callie Crossley.
Kony 2012 captured millions of eyeballs and about as much controversy. Two years on, the organization behind the video is still operating and still focused on capturing Joseph Kony — but the group's leaders say they've learned a lot from their experience with their viral video.
More than 200 teenage girls are still missing after Boko Haram Islamic militants reportedly abducted them two weeks ago. And Nigerians across the country are using protests and social media to demand that the government do something to bring the girls back.
China has more than two million "public opinion analysts" who monitor and report on Internet users, and the sector is growing every year. It's part of China's efforts to maintain stability, but it comes at a huge tax cost to the Chinese public.
People who smuggle migrants across the US-Mexico border, known as coyotes or polleros, are logging on to Facebook to find more clients. Satisfied customers will post reviews of their coyotes on social media, and connect their relatives to helpful smuggling contacts online.
Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.
Ukraine has displayed Russian soldiers it says were part of an unannounced Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine. But Russian journalists have also also sniffed out possible hidden evidence of that invasion by tracking down the graves of dead Russian soldiers on social media.
Canada and Russia tangled on Twitter this week, each posting maps designed to tweak the other country's stance over Russian actions in Ukraine. But while the exchange was funny and popular online, it also showed how governments communicate in the social media era.
Bellingcat is a new website for citizen journalists to do what you might call social media detective work. On the site, bloggers and journalists use crowdsourcing, geolocation and reviewing satellite images to gather intelligence in conflict zones around the world.