Category: Business / Social Media

April 3, 2020

As Health Anxieties Soar, Wellness Influencers Step In

Tips for staying active during the pandemic are one thing. But some influencers are pushing unscientific claims to sell “immunity boosting” products.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
March 30, 2020

Facebook Could Help Journalism by Making News Easier to Find

The social media giant gave $100 million to help local news during the pandemic, but still makes you hunt for trusted sources.

by Steven Levy in Business
March 24, 2020

The Professors Who Call ‘Bullshit’ on Covid-19 Misinformation

Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom are policing Twitter feeds, Medium posts, and other sources of bad data and misleading charts. 

by Tom Simonite in Business
March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line of Defense

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all announced this week that thousands of content moderators are being sent home—leaving more of our feeds in the hands of machines.

by Louise Matsakis Paris Martineau in Business
March 10, 2020

Jack Dorsey’s Reprieve as Twitter CEO May Not Last

A deal with activist investor Elliott Management preserves Dorsey’s job. But it gives him—and Twitter—tough targets to meet this year.

by Steven Levy in Business
February 19, 2020

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

The pink princess philodendron is the ultimate Instagram plant, with three-digit price tags to match. The following it cultivated was also ripe for deception.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
February 17, 2020

Qanon Deploys ‘Information Warfare’ to Influence the 2020 Election

The conspiracy movement lost its online home when 8chan was shut down. Followers migrated to other sites—and have set their sights on the presidential race.

by Elise Thomas in Business
February 5, 2020

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Announces Plans to Step Down

After 11 steady years as the CEO of the professional networking company, Weiner is yielding the reins to deputy Ryan Roslansky.

by Nicholas Thompson in Business
February 4, 2020

Iowa Misinformation Spreads Online, Despite New Policies

In the wake of 2016, Facebook and Twitter said they’d ban inaccuracies about elections and voting. That didn’t stop lies and distortions on Monday.

by Paris Martineau in Business
February 3, 2020

YouTube’s Disinformation Crackdown, Coronavirus Wildcards, and More News

Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.

by Ricki Harris in Business