Without Trump, political disinformation dips — for now

2021-03-29T16:42:23+00:00

AFP News Arthur Macmillan March 29, 2021 Following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Twitter permanently banned Trump's account from the platform. Now data suggests that false and misleading claims about American politics have "plummeted". Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, weighed in about the nature of misinformation circulating in 2020 and the present state of misinformation today.

Without Trump, political disinformation dips — for now2021-03-29T16:42:23+00:00

Democracy is Weakening Right in Front of US

2021-02-17T16:55:36+00:00

The New York Times Thomas B. Edsall Feb. 17, 2021 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, was quoted in a NYT op-ed talking about how social media reduces the costs of extremist views in the US and allows for these individuals to more easily find each other and organize. Tucker explains how the internet has "lowered the barrier" to news publishing and how social media has encouraged the appeal of fake news by placing a "premium" on clicks.

Democracy is Weakening Right in Front of US2021-02-17T16:55:36+00:00

Are social media platforms controlling democracy?

2021-02-08T17:28:00+00:00

Arirang News Global Insight January 27, 2021 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke about the role social media played in mobilizing the attempted insurrection of the Capitol building on Jan 6.  He also addressed how social media influences political polarization, adding that "the book is not closed on whether or not social media, itself, causes political polarization or whether these are deeper, larger societal forces."

Are social media platforms controlling democracy?2021-02-08T17:28:00+00:00

Michigan AG to right-wing website: Take down misleading videos

2021-01-05T21:36:52+00:00

Detroit Free Press Ashley Nerbovig November 10, 2020 A far-right news site posted misleading videos of poll worker trainings in Detroit. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told the Detroit Free Press that deceptive editing, not just outright fabrications, are “a big part of these influence campaigns.”

Michigan AG to right-wing website: Take down misleading videos2021-01-05T21:36:52+00:00

Conversation Six: Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker

2021-01-05T21:41:43+00:00

Conversation Six Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker October 30, 2020 Our co-directors Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker recorded an episode for Conversation Six, a new platform for short-form podcasts. They discussed their recent poll, which shows that some 2016 Trump voters are defecting to Biden because they believe the president broke his campaign promises.

Conversation Six: Jonathan Nagler and Joshua Tucker2021-01-05T21:41:43+00:00

America’s Other Pandemic

2020-11-03T19:48:27+00:00

AFP Arthur MacMillan October 30, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, was quoted in this AFP special report on the spread of disinformation during the U.S. presidential election.

America’s Other Pandemic2020-11-03T19:48:27+00:00

Michigan again a target of election disinformation

2020-11-03T19:38:06+00:00

Detroit Free Press Ashley Nerbovig October, 29, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke to the Detroit Free Press for this story on how disinformation is continuing to evolve ahead of the election. What the Russians did in 2016 “created a toolkit for anyone to do these coordinated campaigns online,” he said.

Michigan again a target of election disinformation2020-11-03T19:38:06+00:00