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. Database breach exposes profile data for 235M TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube accounts

    The data was likely collected through web-scraping, the automated process of extracting public data from a service or website. Personal data was found on the web with no password protection.

  2. Age discrimination seen @Twitter during #COVID19 pandemic

    Analysis recently published by Journals of Gerontology Series B provides evidence of “social media as an online platform that reproduces and reinforces existing ageism in society.”

  3. U-M study finds facial recognition technology in schools presents many problems, recommends ban

    A new study by Ford School of Public Policy indicates that facial recognition technology may exacerbate racism and invade privacy.

  4. Identifying and Avoiding Social Media Scams

    DPSS has some helpful tips for social media users to connect and share information safely.

  5. Social Media Integrity Blog, Episode 6: Allie Kench

    Allie Kench is a rising third year in the College of Engineering studying Computer Science. She was a part of WISE RP [Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program] for the past two years, is one of the co-chairs of ADE (Advocates for Diversity in Engineering), and is involved in the musical theatre group MUSKET….

  6. Social Media Integrity Blog, Episode 5: Jane Schmid

    Jane Schmid is a recently graduated senior and is returning to U-M in the fall to pursue her Masters in Nutritional Sciences at the School of Public Health. She is also a yoga instructor and an avid reader, runner, and singer. Jane also grew up with a love for food and cooking from her mother….

  7. Blackout Tuesday posts are drowning out vital information shared under the BLM hashtag

    While many of these posts are well-intentioned, posting a blank, black image with the BLM hashtag is clogging up important channels used to spread information and updates.

  8. Social Media Integrity Blog, Episode 4: Somya Bhagwagar

    Somya Bhagwagar has just graduated from University of Michigan’s School of Information with a Bachelor of Science in Information and double minor in Science, Technology, and Society and Business Administration. She combined her interests of storytelling, photography, and information security to create the @studentsofumich Instagram and Facebook blog. This platform allows students at U-M to…

  9. Social Media Integrity Blog, Episode 3: Grant Floto

    Grant Floto is a graduating senior at the University of Michigan, majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change. Grant has worked as a content specialist and photographer with #UMSocial. He championed the #Victors2020 Instagram project for the @uofmichigan account where he captured the experience of 30 seniors through a…

  10. Social Media Integrity Blog, Episode 2: Bella Jung

    Bella Jung is a junior at U-M double-majoring in business and user-experience design. Bella’s creativity and outgoing personality inspired her to create her own YouTube channel and personal vlog. Her videos capture a candid representation of her experience as a University of Michigan student. Many prospective students have even used her channel as a tool…