Social Media

Reject the Rules of the Social Media Game

The only winning move is not to play.

Niamh Jiménez
Niamh Jiménez
19 min read

Stop Feeding Your Brain Junk Food

A simple way to discourage clickbait influencers from producing low-quality content is for the rest of us to stop consuming it.

Gurwinder Bhogal
Gurwinder Bhogal
9 min read

Stop Sharing Political Memes

They are a doorway into stupidity and misery.

Christopher J. Ferguson
Christopher J. Ferguson
5 min read

Confessions of a Social-Justice Meme Maker

I made pretty pictures that helped keep people enraged and mobilized. Then I asked myself: ‘Why am I doing this?‘

Christina Buttons
Christina Buttons
9 min read

Building a Better Twitter

Twitter’s current policy on content isn’t one dimensional: It serves up both false positives and false negatives—wrongly banning certain accounts for thoughtcrimes while permitting others to continue on the platform despite engaging in grotesquely abusive behavior.

The Quillette Editorial Board
The Quillette Editorial Board
4 min read

Musk and Moderation

Reports that Twitter has accepted [https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-elon-musk-won-twitter-11650943029?mod=e2tw] Elon Musk’s offer to buy the company for $54.20 a share have provoked much handwringing about his attitudes to free speech, especially with respect to possible changes in the social media platform’s moderation policies.

Jim Rutt
Jim Rutt
10 min read

How Much Real-World Extremism Does Online Hate Actually Cause?

While calls to censor hate speech and violent extremist content on social media platforms are common [https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/30/mark-zuckerberg-calls-for-tighter-internet-regulations-we-need-a-more-active-role-for-governments.html] , there’s little evidence that online incitement [https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000260382] leads to real-world radicalization. Ironically, such calls may actually galvanize extremists,

Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
Bill Ottman and Jesse Morton
6 min read

Troll Exposure

Sean Welsh
Sean Welsh
10 min read