The top tweets were chosen from influencers as tracked by GlobalData’s Influencer Platform, which is based on a scientific process that works on pre-defined parameters. Influencers are selected after a deep analysis of the influencer’s relevance, network strength, engagement, and leading discussions on new and emerging trends.
The most popular tweets on infectious diseases in Q2 2021: Top five
1. Laurie Garret’s tweet on Covid-19 survivors experiencing neurological or mental health issues
Laurie Garret, a science journalist and author, shared an article on a cohort study and analysis conducted on data obtained from electronic health records of 236,379 Covid-19 survivors provided by TriNetX, a health research network. The analysis was aimed at determining the incidence rate and risk of neurological and psychiatric diagnoses such as intracranial haemorrhage, Guillain-Barré syndrome, encephalitis, dementia, and anxiety disorders in Covid-19 survivors six months after contracting the infection.
The analysis showed that the incidence rate for such diagnosis was 33.62% in the patients, while 12.84% of the patients were diagnosed for the first time. Furthermore, patients who had severe Covid-19 were at a higher risk of developing neurological and psychiatric conditions. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Oxford.
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) April 6, 2021
Username: Laurie Garrett
Twitter handle: @Laurie_Garrett
2. Francis S. Collins’ tweet on the production of human antibodies that target coronavirus’ spike protein
Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), shared an article on a study funded by the institute on how a mild Covid-19 infection can generate antibodies that target various areas of the coronavirus’ spike protein. Previous studies focused on antibodies that targeted a specific part of the spike protein called the receptor-binding domain (RBD), which bond directly to the human cells.
The new study, led by researchers from the University of Texas, adopted an alternate approach that examined the entire range of antibodies generated against the coronavirus’ spike protein from four people who had recently recovered from coronavirus infection. The findings of the study indicated that a strong immune response against the coronavirus’ spike protein is not concentrated just on the RBD but is rather targeted at all areas of the spike protein. The research is expected to help in developing targeted treatments and save the lives of patients with severe Covid infection.
A new study finds a successful #immune response to #COVID19 involves #antibodies that hit multiple parts of the #spike, not just the RBD. This #basicresearch could point to new ways to treat or prevent COVID19. #NIH https://t.co/Ctuc9YfHR9
— Francis S. Collins (@NIHDirector) May 18, 2021
Username: Francis S. Collins
Twitter handle: @NIHDirector
3. Carlos del Rio’s tweet on the efficacy of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine
Carlos del Rio, executive associate dean at the Emory University School of Medicine, shared an article on the efficacy of Pfizer and BioNTech’s mRNA vaccine BNT162b2. The two-dose vaccine is the first Covid-19 vaccine to be granted the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for older adolescents and adults.
New data from an ongoing phase III study in confirmed symptomatic Covid-19 cases indicated that the vaccine is 91.3% effective against Covid-19 after six months of receiving the second dose. The data also confirms the safety and efficacy of the vaccine against variants, which is crucial to achieving herd immunity. Pfizer and BioNTech are expected to submit a Biological License Application (BLA) for the vaccine based on the six-month data.
— Carlos del Rio (@CarlosdelRio7) April 2, 2021
Username: Carlos del Rio
Twitter handle: @CarlosdelRio7
4. Dr. Maimuna Majumder’s tweet on the surging Covid-19 cases in India
Dr. Maimuna Majumder, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, shared an article on the surging Covid-19 cases in India. The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in the country led to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases. The surge in cases also presented the risk of new variants emerging, which cannot be tracked without effective genomic sequencing.
The article adds that India is currently behind other countries in genomic sequencing, which may lead to the spread of variants to other countries without detection. The situation can be challenging for local and global healthcare officials when tracking variants. Scientists are yet to trace the origins of some of the variants discovered in the UK, Africa and Brazil.
— Dr. Maimuna Majumder (@maiamajumder) April 17, 2021
Username: Dr. Maimuna Majumder
Twitter handle: @maiamajumder
5. Dr. Saskia Popescu’s tweet on the decrease in Covid-19 cases in the US states with higher vaccination rates
Dr. Saskia Popescu, assistant term professor in the Biodefense Program at George Mason University, shared an article on how Covid-19 cases are decreasing in the US states where residents have been vaccinated, while cases are rising where vaccination rates are low. The states where vaccination rates are low are also reporting higher hospitalisation rates.
Experts opine that the number of cases will continue to rise as easily transmissible variants can spread faster in areas with a high concentration of unvaccinated people who have stopped adhering to social distancing and mask wearing measures. The delta variant, for example, has been reported in 6% of new infections in the US. Increasing vaccinations can help in reducing the rising number of cases, but the people’s unwillingness to get vaccinated remains a challenge, the article adds.
Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds https://t.co/LCn27WkYIz
— Dr. Saskia Popescu (@SaskiaPopescu) June 14, 2021
Username: Dr. Saskia Popescu
Twitter handle: @SaskiaPopescu
Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures
Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.
Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.
It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.
Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.
“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.
But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.
Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream
At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”
On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.
Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.
Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.
The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.
Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.
The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.
The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.
Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.
In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.
Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.
Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.
But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.
“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.
© Thomson Reuters 2021
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Twitter Bans Sharing Personal Photos, Videos of Other People Without Consent
Twitter launched new rules Tuesday blocking users from sharing private images of other people without their consent, in a tightening of the network’s policy just a day after it changed CEOs.
Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.https://t.co/7EXvXdwegG
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
Twitter said this policy does not apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
“We will always try to assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service,” the company added.
The right of Internet users to appeal to platforms when images or data about them are posted by third parties, especially for malicious purposes, has been debated for years.
Twitter already prohibited the publication of private information such as a person’s phone number or address, but there are “growing concerns” about the use of content to “harass, intimidate, and reveal the identities of individuals,” Twitter said.
The company noted a “disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.”
High-profile examples of online harassment include the barrages of racist, sexist,and homophobic abuse on Twitch, the world’s biggest video game streaming site.
But instances of harassment abound, and victims must often wage lengthy fights to see hurtful, insulting or illegally produced images of themselves removed from the online platforms.
Some Twitter users pushed the company to clarify exactly how the tightened policy would work.
“Does this mean that if I take a picture of, say, a concert in Central Park, I need the permission of everyone in it? We diminish the sense of the public to the detriment of the public,” tweeted Jeff Jarvis, a journalism professor at the City University of New York.
The change came the day after Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey announced he was leaving the company, and handed CEO duties to company executive Parag Agrawal.
The platform, like other social media networks, has struggled against bullying, misinformation, and hate-fuelled content.
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