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  • How Facebook could be perpetuating fear
  • How Facebook could be perpetuating fear
    France 24 (2015) ©

How Facebook could be perpetuating fear

In the 24 hours following the events that unfolded in Paris in November 2015, 4.1 million people marked themselves ‘safe’ on Facebook. With 360 million receiving notifications, the platform prevailed as a practical tool for the masses – a way to alleviate worry and spur a collective sigh of relief.



  • Article image Trick or treat? The science of suspense

    Scaring people is big business, with horrors making up all of the ten most profitable films from the last five years. But what creates those heart-in-mouth moments? Keith Bound, who studies the psychophysiological responses to suspense, explains to Canvas8 what gets us on the edge of our seats.

  • Facebook’s ‘dislike’ button isn’t what it seems Facebook’s ‘dislike’ button isn’t what it seems

    “People have asked about the dislike button for many years,” announced Mark Zuckerberg at an informal Facebook Q&A in September 2015. “Today is a special day, because I can say we’re working on it and shipping it.” Of course, the internet has had something to say about it.

  • Article image How emojis make digital communication more human

    With just 7% of communication being attributed to spoken words, and the remainder down to body language and tone of voice, it’s easy to see why communicating online has been described as cold and impersonal. Emoticons, emoji and stickers are helping make digital communication a bit more human.

  • Article image PopSci: a healthier information diet

    In a hyperconnected world, the ability to communicate with society at large has been democratised. But how can so much noise be filtered without impeding on freedom of speech?