Most of us know that Internet communities and social networking sites are popular, but how do blogs, podcasts, wikis and companies like Digg and MySpace work? Learn more in the Social Networking section.
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Section 230 is part of the Communications Decency Act that allows tech companies to moderate content on their services. U.S. lawmakers want to change the law, but disagree on how.
It's easy to take online comments out of context. Is it serious, or is it satire? That's where Poe's law (and a winking smiling emoji) comes into play.
Membership on the social media app Parler exploded just after the Nov. 3 general election was called for President-elect Joe Biden. But why? And how does Parler work?
By John Donovan
Need ways to stay in touch with your family and friends while you're quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic? We've got several simple apps so you can reach out virtually.
By Wendy Bowman
Its very existence has been debated for years, so what is shadowbanning, and how can you avoid it?
Whether you love or hate Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed major flaws in the online platform. So where do we go from here?
By Diana Brown
The popularity of neighborhood social networks keeps exploding. But building community comes with some unintended consequences.
By Dave Roos
More than half of people who post comments on news articles haven't read the articles. Is the point of online article to inform, or to provide a forum for discussion?
Do we portray a consistent self across different social media platforms? A new study examines the faces we share.
By Chris Opfer
The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?
Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.
By Chris Opfer
There's a lot of live-streaming going on lately. As a result, courts may soon be busy defining when it's appropriate to record or broadcast video.