Browse recent news stories from the University of Michigan, as well as from respected outlets around the nation, about the most popular social media platforms, tools and trends.

  1. Data Breaches: A Pause, Then Life Goes On?

    What can matchmaking site data tell us about how consumers respond to major credit card and other data breaches? Quite a lot, actually.

  2. U-M’s Iffy Quotient Shows Steady Drop of Questionable Information on Social Media

    Although election rhetoric is heating up and cries of fake news still abound, the University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility finds a continued decline in questionable content on Facebook and Twitter.

  3. Girls Report More Harassment Amid Rise in US Cyberbullying

    There’s a rise in cyberbullying nationwide, with three times as many girls reporting being harassed online or by text message than boys.

  4. Instagram is Gen Z’s Go-To Source of Political News and it’s Already Having an Impact on the 2020 Election

    About 65% of respondents told Business Insider they checked Instagram daily, with many Gen Zers citing it as a major source for political news.

  5. The Washington Post’s Guide to Manipulated Video

    The Internet is increasingly populated with false and misleading videos. The Washington Post has found three main ways video is being altered: footage taken out of context, deceptively edited,  or deliberately altered.

  6. Harnessing the Power of Facebook to Study a Large, Diverse Genetic Pool

    University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues believe they have found a way to harness the power of social media and its ubiquitous presence to recruit a large, diverse participant pool for genetic studies.

  7. Brand Modi: Decoding Social Media Engagement with Celebrities

    In the run-up to the 2014 India election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi used celebrities’ hashtags, among other tactics, to extend his campaign outreach.

  8. Civic Engagement Isn’t Always Civil

    While online civic engagement is generally viewed as a positive way for people to improve the quality of life in their community, it doesn’t always work that way, according to a UMSI study.

  9. These Warnings Fight Email Phishing Scams Best

    New research compares different kinds of warnings alerting email users to potential phishing scams.