Facebook-owned social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle has launched a new search feature to help journalists and students track down relevant information on evolving web trends.
As shared by CrowdTangle CEO Brandon Silverman:
Today, we are launching CrowdTangle Search, a powerful new tool that lets our users search memes, see social trends over time and access page transparency data across FB, IG and Reddit (2/3) pic.twitter.com/x2lCHGAi9O
— Brandon Silverman (@brandon33175) March 17, 2020
As you can see here, the new option will enable CrowdTangle users to search for any term in order to access a display of all the relevant mentions, along with a chart showing the query’s popularity, based on post volume over time. You can also narrow down your search by platform or to specific time frames, and even by memes specifically, using the additional qualifiers along the right of the main screen.
CrowdTangle isn’t available to everyone, with only selected users allowed to access the tool, so the update is not universally helpful. But for those who can access the platform, it can be hugely helpful in keeping track of the evolving Facebook and Instagram conversation, and this new search option will only make it more valuable in this respect.
In addition to this, CrowdTangle has also added a new set of publicly available, regional dashboards for COVID-19, highlighting all the relevant, public Facebook and Instagram posts on the subject across 45 markets.
Click into any of these regional displays and you’ll be shown a dashboard of mentions specifically relevant to that region.
The dashboards are similar to the US Presidential Election dashboard CrowdTangle also rolled out recently, which, in that instance, aims to provide more transparency over branded content funded by political candidates.
The public COVID-19 info displays provide a broader picture of what’s being shared in relation to the pandemic, including major announcements from news outlets and smaller-scale notes and discussions posted on each platform. Which is interesting, and definitely gives you a better understanding of the evolving impacts, but like all the COVID-19 info at the moment, it can also be a little overwhelming, with so much happening, and so little control or insight into how the tide might shift.
Maybe best for use in moderation – but if you’re working for a news organization or in government, the dashboards could prove hugely valuable in keeping up to date with the impacts.
You can access the COVID-19 regional dashboards here.
Twitter adds warning labels to false Ukraine war posts
Misleading tweets about Russia’s war on Ukraine will be hidden behind messages warning they could cause real world harm under a new Twitter policy. – Copyright AFP Asif HASSAN
Twitter on Thursday said it will put warning labels on demonstrably false posts about Russia’s war in Ukraine under a new “crisis misinformation policy.”
Tweets violating the new rule will be hidden behind messages saying that misleading information in the posts could cause real-world harm, said Twitter head of safety and integrity Yoel Roth.
Twitter users will then have to click on a link to see an offending post.
“While this first iteration is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, we plan to update and expand the policy to include additional forms of crisis,” Roth said in a blog post.
Examples of the kinds of posts that would merit warning labels included false reports about what is happening on the ground and how the international community is responding.
Twitter said it will make a priority of adding warning labels to tweets from high-profile accounts such as state-affiliated media outlets, governments, and users whose identities have been verified.
“Conversation moves quickly during periods of crisis, and content from accounts with wide reach are most likely to rack up views and engagement,” Roth said.
He added that the new policy will guide Twitter’s efforts “to elevate credible, authoritative information, and will help to ensure viral misinformation isn’t amplified or recommended by us during crises.”
The content moderation move comes as Twitter faces the prospect of being bought by billionaire Elon Musk.
The controversial Tesla chief openly advocates for anyone to be able to say whatever they want on Twitter, no matter how untrue, as long as it doesn’t break the law.
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