Introducing the Center for Social Media and Politics

We’re your source for lab-based research exploring how social media use affects politics and society.

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Social media has fundamentally changed our politics. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have shaped our news diets, affected how we protest, enabled foreign actors to try to sway election outcomes, and facilitated the spread of information — and misinformation — around the world.

In 2019, we launched the Center for Social Media and Politics at NYU (CSMaP) to support research that takes on all of the above and more. CSMaP is home to faculty, postdocs, students, and staff committed to understanding the relationship between social media and politics in our new digital age. It houses the Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) Lab, our core research engine, where we develop innovative ways to use social media data to study politics, and create open-source tools to share with the broader research community. We could not have founded CSMaP without generous funding from the Knight Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Siegel Family Endowment.

We created this Medium publication to bridge the gap between our scientific research and the wider world. We’ll use this platform to provide quick, digestible summaries of our published research articles (such as this one on echo chambers), thoughtful Q&As with our researchers (here’s our co-director, Joshua Tucker, on the future of social media research in the age of COVID-19), and broader insights from the growing community of researchers studying at the intersection of social media and politics.

We hope you enjoy the publication! Visit our website to learn more about our work, follow us on Twitter, and get in touch at csmap[at]nyu.edu.

Read the Original Medium Post Here.