Tag Archive for social media

Continue, we must: US needs critical thinking advocates to step up and be heard

The DN/15 Credibility Street crew took a break yesterday because writing and talking about most things besides the election results seemed frivolous. We postponed our scheduled recording of the podcast because we weren’t in the right frame of mind, but by the end of the day, I saw many of the dejected pick themselves up,…

Preaching to the Choir: Social media sharing in “echo chambers” reinforces belief

Doubtful News would be useless if people weren’t interested in finding out what might or might not be true and correct. This site appeals to people who are willing to listen to a narrative framed in that way. But, SURPRISE (not), most people consult the internet guided by beliefs they hold dear – whether those tend towards…

How do chickens with eight legs cross the road? Litigiously.

KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken) has said enough to the parade of crazy rumors about their food and have sought legal satisfaction from Chinese companies that promote hoaxes that damage their finger-lickin’ good reputation. KFC sues Chinese companies for online rumors about its food Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

Getting garbage news out of the Facebook feed

Apparently people are getting fed up with fake news stories in their Facebook feeds. My question is, what will be left if the fake stories disappear? I kid. This is a great idea. I hope they still with it. But I suspect that “fake news” is a bit more complicated than they suggest. News Feed…

Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17

This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy…

Chopra trolling on Twitter?

@Krelnik does it again. He digs into the data and finds some interesting revelations about one of the most annoying people on Twitter. What’s up with Chopra? Misleading posts in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter feed verge on trolling | Skeptical Software Tools. Susan Gerbic contacted me the other day. She was confused by an unsolicited message…

Social media rumours put to the test with Pheme

A new project aims to sort internet rumor and hoaxes from real news. BBC News – Lie detector on the way to test social media rumours. A lie detector for social media is being built to try to verify online rumours. The system will analyse, in real time, whether a posting online is true. The…

Nom nom nom! Shorty Awards

Please help us out! If you have a Twitter account, nominate us for a Shorty Award in the #weird category. This is a great way to reach out to a new audience. Your votes are greatly appreciated! Nominate Doubtful News for a social media award in the Shorty Awards #weird category!

No clues to time travel found on social media

An interesting idea that blows my mind. Time travellers do not use Twitter, scientists find – Telegraph. Researchers predicted that if humans in the future had discovered a way to visit the past they might leave clues on websites like Twitter and Facebook by inadvertently mentioning events which had not yet happened. Astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff…

Atheists rock Doctors without Borders with donations via social media

Irreverent atheists crowdsource charitable giving Atheist bloggers have shown their charitable side by swarming to donate money to Doctors Without Borders, in what turned into the humanitarian agency’s biggest online fundraiser. Doctors without Borders (DWB), also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, gets about 4,000 hits on its U.S. website on an average Sunday. Last Sunday…