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The dark social channels can be split into: »private-first channels«, such as instant messengers, which primarily served private communication and »private rooms«, which are a part of larger social media (e.g., closed Facebook groups).

2022-02-18 15:58


»Context-bound alternative social media« also resemble the familiar social media in design and functionality. They function as an alternative primarily through their orientation to their contexts of origin, where different legal frameworks apply (e.g. VKontakte)

2022-02-18 15:58


»Fringe communities« are not about imitating mainstream social media or addressing a mainstream audience. They target specific subcultures where communication is often difficult to grasp for outsiders (e.g. 4Chan).

2022-02-18 15:58


Quick summary of what we found:

We distinguish between 2 categories of #DarkSocialMedia (alternative social media & dark social media), with 5 subtypes in total. This helps to understand the technical affordances and (communication) norms on these platforms.

2022-02-18 15:58


»Social counter-media« orient themselves in functionality or design towards specific mainstream offerings while positioning themselves as a “safe haven” for content and people who feel ostracized or otherwise marginalized in “mainstream” social media (e.g. Gab vs Twitter).

2022-02-18 15:58


As a companion piece for the German-language @core_nrw Expert Report (see this 🧵 for more details…), we (@Lenafrescamente, Julia Völker and me) focused this paper on the methodology of the two studies and summarize their results!

2022-02-18 15:58

Just in time for the weekend (I'm sure ya'll love to read papers on #DarkSocial on your off-days): Our research paper on "Dark Social Media as Opportunity Structures for Extremism" is now online!

A short 🧵 (8 tweets) on what's going on here!

2022-02-18 15:58

@SebiZollner @MadeMyDaycom Ich finde Sharepics ganz passend.

2022-02-15 10:56

@KeatonPatti @GabrielBerlin Buzzkill incoming: Die Screenshots sind wohl nicht authentisch:…

Als Joke gut, aber leider ist auch satirische Misinformation ein Problem in diesem Ökosystem

2022-02-13 09:53

@Dede198904 Almost unbearable

2022-02-10 14:43

“What if we force scarcity onto this, to trick people into thinking they can magically become millionaires by collecting Beanie Baby ghosts?”

2022-02-07 12:08

@_badura Soweit ich weiß, kriegt man pro „Werk“ nur einmalig eine Ausschüttung. Also sind die Beiträge, die schon gemeldet sind, eh nicht mehr relevant.

2022-01-25 15:31

An excellent explainer on the systemic origins of and inherent problems with NFTs (featuring @tante!):…

2022-01-22 00:15

@mariabloec It at first you don’t succeed, try, try and write some code to do the work 🙏🏻

2022-01-14 11:13

@Dede198904 Congrats, Dennis! 🍾

2022-01-13 13:59

@hohse Is it cheating if I don’t compete? 🧐

2022-01-13 11:17

Everyone is playing WORDLE and I suck at word puzzles. To remedy this issue, I wrote some #rlang code to help solve WORDLEs with the power of #regex!

Check out the code, how it works, and how to use it over here:

2022-01-13 10:23

@_alexfuture Weißt du vielleicht was @_badura?

2022-01-11 21:36

@ai_curio_bot botprompt: I just want a picture of a god-dang hot dog!

2021-12-26 22:09

@Menschette Weiß nicht, ob Adventure, aber zuletzt haben wir (Freundin und ich) „Night in the Woods“ gespielt und „Firewatch“ hat uns auch gut gefallen. Sehr unterschiedliche Spiele, aber beide toll.

2021-12-25 19:36

@holnburger Ich bin schon gespannt, ob und wenn ja, wie Regulierung für Telegram kommen werden. Letztendlich bleibt ja nicht viel, bis auf Zusammenarbeit mit Apple/Google.

2021-12-14 10:13

@chainsawriot Aren’t there two syllables in Bauer?

2021-11-25 18:32

@everytstudies I’d argue that the reactions are a sign that there might have been a reason to suspect intention to upset. But I might be lacking cultural knowledge (I don’t unterstand the significance of the number(?) and don’t know the organization well)

2021-11-24 17:57

@everytstudies But couldn’t you see this apology as an attempt to communicate intent? You have to assume communicative intent to begin with; it’s not just known a priori.

2021-11-24 15:52

@vodafoneservice Kurze Frage: Lese ich die Support-Foren richtig, dass als NRW Vodafone Kunde der Bridge Mode an der Vodafone Station gerade nicht aktiviert werden kann? Wird das zeitnah möglich sein oder eher nicht? Danke!

2021-11-23 22:52

@chainsawriot I guess you could also argue that the ICA submission site is potentially dangerous.

2021-11-18 10:47

"It is not hyperbolic to claim that in recent years we have witnessed an explosion of new academic publications on conspiracies. […] One might rightfully ask: is there anything original and useful left to say about conspiracies?" (Hansson, in press)

2021-11-11 11:23

@everytstudies A shorthand for “what you said crosses a line, because it’s not just disagreement with a position, but with the free existence of a group of people.” 2/2

2021-11-05 16:12

@everytstudies It’s interesting what is deemed a -phobia and what is not. Just from my cultural perspective, it is used to label attitudes against marginalized groups. 1/2

2021-11-05 16:12

@everytstudies i.e. homophobia for people that say it’s a choice who you are attracted to but not bayesphobia for a frequentist statistician.

2021-11-05 16:02

@everytstudies Cleese’s example shows that well. Of course you would not use the term -phobic to describe a simple disagreement. It is used when people “disagree” with an other’s essential way of life.

2021-11-05 16:01

@everytstudies I feel like “disagreeing with someone on something relevant to their interest” doesn’t do justice to an argument that “disagrees” with something that is very central to their identity, e.g. gender.

Phrasing it this way is the essential issue here, I think.

2021-11-05 15:53

@PKessling Let‘s hope we see each other in [redacted for review]!

2021-11-05 14:33

Toller Text von @samelou im Spiegel über Habermas und was von den habermas’schen Idealen heute noch übrig ist. So pessimistisch sind seine »Überlegungen und Hypothesen zu einem erneuten Strukturwandel der politischen Öffentlichkeit« gar nicht.

2021-10-29 22:10

So, the moral of the story is: Anti-piracy measures (propitiatory file formats, DRM, etc.) only hurt users who don't pirate. And buying ebooks in 2021 is still a huge pain if you don't like Amazon.

Bonus moral: Don't buy a Kindle.

2021-10-27 18:17

Sadly I could not convert this epub into something my Kindle could open, because it was locked with DRM. At this point I gave up, pirated the book and had it on my Kindle two minutes later.

2021-10-27 18:17

I wanted to buy Steven Pinker’s Rationality. I own a Kindle, but I didn’t want to buy the book from Amazon (cause, you know …). So I looked for an independent ebook store and bought the book there. So far so good.

2021-10-27 18:17

When I downloaded the ebook I discovered it was in a proprietary file format (.acsm aka an Adobe Content Server Message file), that I am supposed to open with Adobe Digital Editions (which of course does not run on Kindle). I managed to use the file and download an .epub.

2021-10-27 18:17

There’s also a part on the confusing landscape of misinformation research/definitions at the beginning of the interview. I think the analysis falls a bit short at that point, because it’s a very US-centric idea of how scholars might look at what misinformation is and what isn’t.

2021-10-26 21:17

Podcast recommendation! @Bernstein makes an interesting point of how people tend to overestimate the power of media effects and how Facebook pushes a narrative of persuasive misinformation on its platform because if misinfo is persuasive, so are it’s ads.

2021-10-26 21:12

@AVM_DE Hallo! Ab wann wird die Fritz!Box 4060 im Handel sein? Gibt's schon ein näheres Erscheinungsdatum?

2021-10-25 23:24

If you want to see a really nice piece of #SciComm, check out this video on the ethics of #exoskeletons. It’s based on research by my ex-@RadioQ colleague @AlexKapeller and does a great job of showing the relevance of their work and why they are looking into that topic. #wisskomm…

2021-10-20 11:56

@chainsawriot True, both wouldn’t be great. But I’d prefer underscores over lower/upper-casing.

But naming packages is hard anyway. Concise, memorable, readable and informative names are tough to come up with :)

2021-10-14 19:51

@chainsawriot It would be easier if underscores were allowed in package names. Just have the same rules for package names as for variables, like in python.

2021-10-14 18:23

Learning anything about how the net is organized, I’m always completely baffled that it actually works. And I’m glad that there are people who know what’s going on and can explain it so clearly like @ben_eater:…

2021-10-12 19:53

@chainsawriot As always, there is a relevant xkcd:

2021-10-05 20:30

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