Social Media Current Affairs
Twitter India has launched #PowerOf18 campaign aimed at encouraging youth to contribute in public debates and participate in civic engagement for the 2019 general elections. The initiative was launched by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Maya Hari, Vice-President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Twitter during townhall chat with the students of IIT Delhi.
The campaign will serve as resource for young Indians to find more information about elections, support social causes they are passionate about and join public conversation. It is supported by Twitter’s mission to serve the public conversation and work with more like-minded partners and personalities to create awareness of importance of voting.
In a nationwide survey conducted with 3,622 youth respondents from India, Twitter found rising importance of social media for information consumption. It found that overwhelming 94% of respondents indicating that they would vote in the upcoming elections. Nearly 60% of youth surveyed would turn to social media to find out what’s happening in India and around world, a percentage higher than all other mediums including newspapers.
A web-based tool to monitor the spread of fake news on social media platforms has been developed by the Researchers from the University of Michigan in the US. The tool uses a Platform Health Metric called the Iffy Quotient and will supposedly draw data from two external entities namely NewsWhip and Media Bias/Fact Checker.
Working of the tool
- The News Whip will collect URLs from hundreds of thousands of sites each day and then it will gather information about the engagements of these sites on Facebook and Twitter.
- The Iffy Quotient will fetch information by querying NewsWhip for the top 5000 most popular URLs Facebook and twitter.
- Then the tool will check using the information at Media Bias/Fact checker whether the URL has been classified as iffy, ok, or unknown.
It is a social media engagement tracking firm to collect URLs of thousands of sites everyday and collect information whether these sites have involvement in Facebook and Twitter.
Media Bias/Fact Checker
It divides the URL into three categories, ‘Iffy’ if the website is on a questionable source or a conspiracy list and ‘OK’ if the websites on the lists such as Left Bias, Right Bias or Satire, and ‘Unknown’ if the website is not on any of the lists.