Social Media Bots Draw Public’s Attention and Concern
About two-thirds of Americans have heard about social media bots. Many are concerned that bots are used maliciously and negatively affect how well-informed Americans are about current events.
How social media users have discussed sexual harassment since #MeToo went viral
Amid ongoing discussions about sexual harassment in the workplace and beyond, read five findings about how these issues have been discussed on Twitter and other social media outlets in the past year.
Internet Connectivity Seen as Having Positive Impact on Life in Sub-Saharan Africa
Most in the region feel positively about the role the internet plays in their countries, but long-standing digital divides between internet haves and have-nots persist.
A Majority of Teens Have Experienced Some Form of Cyberbullying
About six-in-ten U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age. Teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing the issue.
APSA conference roundup: Research on political polarization on social media and the U.S. Congress
The ways that social media shape political attitudes and the intricacies of lawmaking in Congress were two of many topics at the APSA annual conference.
News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2018
About two-thirds of Americans get news on social media at least occasionally, about the same share as in 2017. Many of these consumers are skeptical of the information they see there.
Many Facebook users don’t understand how the site’s news feed works
Around half of U.S. adults who use Facebook say they do not understand why certain posts but not others are included in their news feed. Older users are particularly likely to say they do not understand the workings of the news feed.
Americans are changing their relationship with Facebook
Just over half of Facebook users have adjusted privacy settings in the past year. Around four-in-ten have taken a break from checking for several weeks or more.
How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions
Roughly half of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. But parents face their own challenges of device-related distraction.
14% of Americans have changed their mind about an issue because of something they saw on social media
A small share of the public – 14% – say they have changed their views about a political or social issue in the past year because of something they saw on social media.