Social media copies gambling methods ‘to create psychological cravings’ | Technology | The Guardian

They are trying to grab users’ attentions,’ said Dr Mark Griffiths of the International Gaming Research Unit, ‘to make social media users create a routine and habitually check their screens.’ Photograph: amenic181/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.

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Effects of the News-Finds-Me Perception in Communication: Social Media Use Implications for News Seeking and Learning About Politics – Gil de Zúñiga – 2017 – Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication – Wiley Online Library

Abstract

With social media at the forefront of today’s media context, citizens may perceive they don’t need to actively seek news because they will be exposed to news and remain well-informed through their peers and social networks. We label this the “news-finds-me perception,” and test its implications for news seeking and political knowledge: “news-finds-me effects.” U.S. panel-survey data show that individuals who perceive news will find them are less likely to use traditional news sources and are less knowledgeable about politics over time. Although the news-finds-me perception is positively associated with news exposure on social media, this behavior doesn’t facilitate political learning. These results suggest news continues to enhance political knowledge best when actively sought.

Source: Effects of the News-Finds-Me Perception in Communication: Social Media Use Implications for News Seeking and Learning About Politics – Gil de Zúñiga – 2017 – Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication – Wiley Online Library

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg on video killing: ‘We have a lot of work to do’ | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly addresses on stage the killing of a man in Cleveland that was uploaded to the social network, saying ‘we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this.’ Steve Stephens posted a video of the killing of Robert Godwin Sr on Monday. The next day, Stephens killed himself while being pursued by police.

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Facebook killing video puts moderation policies under the microscope, again | Technology | The Guardian

“This is a horrific crime and we do not allow this kind of content on Facebook.”

The “content” the Facebook spokesperson was referring to was the apparent killing of 74-year-old grandfather Robert Godwin, shot at close range in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon as he walked home from an Easter meal with his family. Godwin’s suspected attacker, 37-year-old Steve Stephens, filmed a first-person view of the shooting and uploaded it to his Facebook page, where it remained for more than two hours before being taken down – not before the video had been copied, reposted and viewed millions of times.

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