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Student life
TikTok tutor racks up thousands of followers around the world
Published March 2, 2021
Hopkins senior Ben Straus shares homework help and study tips through TikTok videos and a Discord server
Vaccines
Vaccine opponents unite around a 'civil liberties' argument on social media, study finds
Published Oct 2, 2020
Anti-vaxxer strategy shift on Facebook may signal a fierce fight over an eventual COVID-19 vaccine
Rules of political engagement
Published Summer 2020
Drawing from interviews with political consultants and reps from social media platforms, JHU political scientist Adam Sheingate develops ethical framework for politics in the digital age / Johns Hopkins Magazine
COVID-19 misinformation claiming to be from Johns Hopkins circulates widely
Published April 3, 2020
Message billed as 'excellent summary' of coronavirus information has no identifiable connection to Johns Hopkins, has been labeled 'misattributed' by Snopes
The outsize influence of anti-vax ads on social media
Published Spring 2020
A majority of the anti-vaccine Facebook ads came from just two groups, study finds. / Johns Hopkins Magazine
Election 2020
'It's going to be a complete mess'
Published Nov 14, 2019
Journalists, scholars offer dire assessment of the preparedness of big tech platforms to handle the coming wave of fake news and electoral meddling
Digital media+Discourse
Outrage overload?
Published Sept 25, 2019
Yale psychologist Molly Crockett shares insights from her work suggesting social media—and its encouragement of moral outrage in particular—may be changing our brains
Mental health
Social media use may pose mental health risks for teens
Published Sept 11, 2019
Social media use by adolescents linked to behaviors that may indicate mental health problems such as social withdrawal and difficulty coping with anxiety or depression
Democracy Dialogues
Big tech, China, and the new age of activism
Published April 19, 2019
Zeynep Tufekci and Alec Ross discuss the complex intersection of technology and democracy at event hosted by SNF Agora Institute
Social media
Regulations harm influencers, marketers, followers
Published April 15, 2019
Carey Business School study shows how regulations meant to protect consumers may actually cause feeds to be flooded with ads