The Wall Street Journal Sarah E. Needleman July 16, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told the Wall Street Journal that politicians use social media to speak to an audience beyond their direct constituents. But we don’t know if such communication is driving political polarization among voters, he said.
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Twitter’s rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election2021-11-08T17:39:32+00:00
CNN.com Marshall Cohen July 15, 2020 Twitter attached fact-checking labels to President Trump’s tweets in May, but hasn’t done so to about a dozen of his untruthful tweets since then. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke with CNN about the platform’s narrow enforcement of its rules: "If we're actually worried about people's belief in the sanctity of the American electoral process, those tweets don't look any different to me," he said.
Pacifica Network & Public News Service Lily Bohlke June 18, 2020 Our co director, Jonathan Nagler, told Pacifica Radio about the drawbacks of Facebook allowing users to turn off political ads: “It favors incumbents,” he said. “They just made it harder for challengers [and] I don’t see that as a good thing for American politics.”
The pandemic has been accompanied by an infodemic, exposing shortcomings not only in the diffusion of high quality information through online networks, but also in our understanding of who is most susceptible to believing false and misleading information during times of crisis. With the support of the NSF RAPID Grant, we're studying susceptibility to false and misleading news around COVID-19, as well as to testing how the new pandemic environment impacts assessment of the veracity of news.
The New Statesman Laurie Clarke June 19, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke to the New Statesman about the pressure social media platforms are under to increase moderation: “If you are a progressive – what level of progressive voices could potentially be silenced by these kinds of decisions?” he said.
Richard Bonneau email@example.com Personal Site Google Scholar Biology, Computer Science, and Data Science Dr. Bonneau focuses on three main areas of data science: 1) systems biology, e.g. learning biological networks from genomics data, 2) designing and predicting protein and protein-mimetic molecular structure, and 3) computational social science with a focus on social network enabled science. In the area of genomics and systems biology he has played key roles in achieving critical field-wide milestones. In the area of structure prediction he was an initial author on the state-of-the art Rosetta code, which was the first code to demonstrate accurate [...]
We’re thrilled to announce that NYU’s Center for Social Media and Politics has received $400,000 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, an organization that supports public charities and other organizations in areas such as journalism, voter protection, women in technology, veterans and military families. $350,000 is going to Center for Data Science PhD student support, and $50,000 is going towards Politics PhD student support.
We’ve launched a Medium publication! We’ll use the platform to bring you quick, digestible summaries of our published research (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 our growing community of researchers (here’s our framework for safeguarding researchers who study harmful content).
We wrote a piece for TechStream, a new publication by the Brookings Institution, about Russian Twitter troll activity ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Our research shows they adapted Cold War propaganda techniques to social media — a tactic we call cross-platform pre-propaganda, or pre-propaganda that exploits the interconnected nature of platforms.
How good are people at sifting out fake news? In a collaboration between the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics and the Stanford Cyber Policy Center (supported by the Hewlett Foundation), we investigate whether ordinary individuals in the United States who encounter news when it first appears online are able to identify whether it contains false or true information.