TikTok Hashtags, European Young People, Google I/O, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, May 12, 2022


Bellingcat: This New Tool Lets You Analyse TikTok Hashtags. “Compared to those of other social media platforms, TikTok’s API (Application Programming Interface) presents more obstacles to developers. It can change frequently, making it harder for developers to use and harder for researchers to draw wider insights from trends as they develop over weeks and months. Bellingcat’s Investigative Tech Team has therefore created the Bellingcat TikTok Analysis Tool (built on the basis of a TikTok scraper offered by Github user drawrowfly) that allows researchers to collect a dataset of TikToks associated with specific hashtags over lengthier periods.”

Eurostat: Discover Europe’s young generation with our new tool . “On the occasion of the European Year of Youth 2022, Eurostat releases an interactive tool which presents statistics on young Europeans in quiz-like and fun way. If you are aged between 16 and 29 years, our new tool offers you the possibility to compare yourself with other young people in your country. But this tool is also for everyone else, younger or older, who is curious to find out more about the young generation in Europe.”


The Verge: Google’s biggest announcements at I/O 2022. “Google has wrapped up its two-hour-long I/O keynote, which was absolutely packed with news. We heard about AI, Android, and, of course, a plethora of Pixel hardware. Here are the biggest announcements we saw on Wednesday.”


MakeUseOf: How to Create and Manage TikTok Collections. “While most people are familiar with how to like and share videos on TikTok, did you know you can also organize saved videos in collections on the app? Here’s what you need to know about how to save TikTok videos in collections.”

Search Engine Journal: 8 Engaging Infographic Types & How To Create Them (+ 5 Free Tools). “If done correctly, infographics are a great visual to grab the readers’ attention while effectively communicating key points you want them to focus on within your content.”


Morocco World News: Morocco’s Ministry of Culture to Digitize 200 Public Libraries. “Morocco’s Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication is set to digitize 200 public libraries across the country. The ministry announced in a facebook post that the book directorate has recently created digital spaces within the libraries under the ministry, with an aim to digitize their services.”

Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells businessman behind new social media platform that will be ‘better than Twitter’. “The platform called Better is already being tested within the organisation and is due to be trialled by ‘VIPs’ in the summer before it goes live. People who want to be anonymous will be able to register an account to follow their favourite celebrities and journalists, for example, but they will not be able to post content.”


Reuters: Google, Meta must find and remove online child porn, say EU draft rules. “Companies that fail to comply with the rules face fines up to 6% of their annual income or global turnover, which will be set by EU countries. The EU executive said its proposal announced on Wednesday aimed to replace the current system of voluntary detection and reporting by companies which has proven to be insufficient to protect children.”

TechCrunch: A law inviting Texans to sue social media companies over ‘censorship’ is back. “A controversial Texas law that would open social media companies up to lawsuits from aggrieved users just notched a surprise win. A trio of federal appeals court judges issued the ruling Wednesday, which pauses a temporary injunction that blocked the law from taking effect last year.”

Bleeping Computer: Hackers stole data undetected from US, European orgs since 2019. “The Chinese hacking group known as ‘Winnti’ has been stealthily stealing intellectual property assets like patents, copyrights, trademarks, and other corporate data – all while remaining undetected by researchers and targets since 2019. Winnti, also tracked as APT41, is an advanced and elusive cyber-espionage group that is believed to be backed by the Chinese state and operates on behalf of its national interests.”


Phys .org: Does presenting credibility labels of journalistic sources affect news consumption? New study finds limited effects. “Labeling the credibility of information sources does not shift the consumption of news away from low-quality sources or reduce belief in widely circulated inaccurate claims among average internet users, but providing an indicator of sources’ quality may improve the news diet quality of the heaviest consumers of misinformation, shows a new study by New York University’s Center for Social Media and Politics.”

WIRED: Can Social Media Be Redeemed? . “The fact that you have to ask whether these platforms have any redeeming values, Following, suggests that you too have come to detest your existence there. I’m not sure I can convince you otherwise. If there remains anything constructive about social media, it’s perhaps what it can teach us about human nature and the ways in which horrible effects can stem from good intentions.”

Daily Bruin: Researchers study efficacy of digital flashcards among college students. “According to the study published April 7, digital flashcards have become increasingly popular over the past two decades, with one of the most well-known digital flashcard platforms, Quizlet, hosting more than 50 million active users per month. However, despite their widespread popularity, there is little research on how and why digital flashcards are used, said Steven Pan, the senior author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow alumnus in psychology.” Good morning, Internet…

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