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The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

The University of Pittsburgh's Daily Student Newspaper

The Pitt News

A lesson in social media longevity, from the fandom perspective

A lesson in social media longevity, from the fandom perspective

By Diana Velasquez, Senior Staff Writer November 27, 2022
In this edition of Fandom-esque Diana Velasquez talks about fandom history and what happens when a social media site stops being viable.
Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

Editorial | Elon Musk’s ideas for Twitter set a negative precedent for the platform

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 31, 2022
Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter are dangerous and will make the platform less accessible and less safe.
Satire | Celebrity death fanfiction is dumb and bad. Stop it.

Satire | Celebrity death fanfiction is dumb and bad. Stop it.

By Paige Wasserman, For The Pitt News January 19, 2022
This new-ish trend of fictionalizing a cultural figure’s transition to the afterlife is not only cringeworthy, but it speaks to the narcissism of the digital age, parasocial interaction, deep cultural insensitivity and just an adamant refusal to think critically.
Pitt Missed Connections is an Instagram account with the mission of putting students in contact with a person they wish they had spoken to. An anonymous Pitt student created the account after Pitt shut down due to the pandemic.

Editorial | Our eight favorite Pitt-related social media accounts

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 17, 2021
From those who find beauty in trash, to animal lovers, to those looking to take back a fumbled interaction in a dorm elevator, there’s something for everyone on this list. 
Opinion | After prolonged inaction against abuse, its time to hold Twitter accountable

Opinion | After prolonged inaction against abuse, its time to hold Twitter accountable

By Kartik Kannan, Staff Columnist February 16, 2021
It is time for the public to pressure the online platform to enact serious change as to how it handles abuse.
Beth Hoffman is the project coordinator for “Twitter and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy,” a project funded with a $117,000 grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation studying how vaccine misinformation spreads on social media.

‘A feeding ground for misinformation’: Pitt researchers study vaccine hesitancy on Twitter

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer February 2, 2021
Pitt researchers at the Center for Research on Behavioral Health Care, Media and Technology received a $117,000 grant in January from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for their project, “Twitter and COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.”
Opinion | Stop joking about the coronavirus

Opinion | Stop joking about the coronavirus

By Paige Lawler, Senior Staff Columnist February 3, 2020
Jokes about the coronavirus are insensitive and inappropriate as they ultimately play into the racist attitudes and stereotypes that are being perpetrated by the outbreak.
A sign from the Druids was hung outside Posvar Hall in 2016.

Druids establish not-so-secret social media presence

By Nicole Marzzacco, Staff Writer January 31, 2020
An Instagram and Twitter account — both with the handle @realpittdruids — run by a secret society called the Druids first became active in early December 2019.
Opinion | Callout of callout culture is justified

Opinion | Callout of callout culture is justified

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist November 4, 2019
Calling someone out is an inactive form of activism that is fruitless and hypocritical.
Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

Pitt student said he sent racist and threatening messages

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief July 1, 2019
A Pitt student whose name appeared in a series of Snapchat messages posted to Twitter on Wednesday said he sent messages containing violent and racist threats to a Pittsburgh native.
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