Social Media

Police Facebook Pages Overreport Black Suspects

COMMENTARY | Police Facebook posts disproportionately highlight crimes involving Black suspects, research finds.

Twitter Turbulence Under Elon Musk Poses Headache For Governments

States and localities have come to depend on the social media platform to get information out in emergencies and other situations. But a surge in imposter accounts has some worried.

The Small Alabama City That’s Gained 117,000 TikTok Followers

Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips’ video posts goofing around about local government and highlighting the town have attracted online fans and, in some cases, real life visitors.

States Take New Steps to Stop Election Mistruths From Going Viral

To combat the rising threat, some states are bringing on cybersecurity specialists to comb social media and flag posts that spread falsehoods about the voting process. Others have launched ad campaigns to counter disinformation.

A State Wildlife Agency That's Winning at Twitter

Oklahoma's Department of Wildlife Conservation has grown its follower count from around 8,000 to over 80,000, dishing out posts that are fun but also informative. The agency's social media team chatted with Route Fifty about the secrets to their success.

Local Election Offices Often Are Missing on Social Media

COMMENTARY | But election boards that use their social media accounts to share information may improve voter registration and participation, especially among young voters, two professors write.

House Democrats Demand Data From Social Media Firms About Threats to Law Enforcement

Lawmakers want seven online platforms to say how they are responding to growing threats against law enforcement officials nationwide following the FBI’s search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

New Statewide System Boosts State's Mass Emergency Alerts

Emergency managers in Iowa now can automatically push out safety alerts through emails, text messages, phone calls, RSS feeds and social media—and in multiple languages.

Information Disorder Is Biggest Social Danger, Commission Warns

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder made multiple structural recommendations for the information ecosystem.

Scammers Are Using Fake Job Ads to Steal People’s Identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front. Scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits.

'Vaxfluencers' Getting Residents to Get the Shot

Public health agencies are paying local Instagram and TikTok celebrities to promote Covid-19 vaccines, a relatively new outreach strategy that, so far, seems to be working.

Grab Your Mask and Your Civic Pride: It’s City Hall Selfie Day

The annual celebration, created by Engaging Local Government Leaders, encourages municipal workers and citizens to celebrate their communities by posting selfies in front of city halls.

Internet Ads Are a Popular Tax Target for Both Parties

Digital snooping and pandemic profits have fueled anger against tech giants.

Increasing Number of Americans Believe in Conspiracy Theories

The jump can be attributed to the rise in social media use and the spread of misinformation, like falsehoods about the 2020 election and Covid-19 vaccines, according to an analysis by The Marist Poll.

Gov. Greg Abbott Publicly Slammed Facebook. Privately, He’s Courting the Social Media Giant to Build a Second Data Center in Texas.

The effort comes as Abbott and some Texas legislators are pushing a proposal to punish social media companies for “canceling conservative speech.”

A Bolder Way To Tweet About Boulders: How A Traffic Alert Typo Rocked the Internet

On Jan. 27, 2020, San Miguel, Colorado Sheriff's Office PIO Susan Lilly tweeted a warning of a highway obstruction: a "large boulder the size of a small boulder." The rest is internet history.

QAnon Is Winning

Conspiracy thinking in America had a huge night on Tuesday.