Analyzing Trump’s Medical Disinformation on Facebook

US president Donald Trump shocked the world with his latest piece of medical disinformation. Trump claimed that injecting disinfectant into the body could be an ‘interesting’ way to cure COVID-19. He later tried to back-pedal, claiming he was being sarcastic. But that wasn’t how most of the world took it. Dangers of medical disinformation The … Read more

Social Proof and Online Manipulation

What is social proof? Every day, countless online sources compete for our attention. The concept of social proof can help us cut through the noise. In this post, I’ll explain how it works, and discuss how it can be gamed. To avoid information overload and possible burnout, it’s essential to zero in on the important … Read more

Behind the hashtag: Who’s tweeting about #SurrenderAct ?

In the world of all things Brexit, ‘Surrender Act’ was just another catchphrase. Coined by Boris Johnson, it was his way of describing legislation passed by UK parliament in September 2019 to prevent a no-deal Brexit. The legislation compelled Johnson to seek an extension to the process, if he hadn’t reached a deal with the … Read more