Twitter attached a fact-check label to one of President Donald Trump’s false tweets for the first time, but stopped short of removing it. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told Fortune the platform will likely do everything it can to avoid accusations of partisanship.
Voters in most states must request mail-in ballots and, in some cases, provide a reason for their absence. Our co-director, Jonathan Nagler, told Business Insider that these hurdles could depress voter turnout — especially among marginalized groups.
Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told Axios how we should fight the COVID-19 “infodemic”: Consider how misinformation is politicized, he said, as our research shows people are less likely to spot fake news that aligns with their politics.
YouTube comments about COVID-19 are focusing on President Trump’s response to the crisis, according to a recent study. CSMaP Co-director Joshua Tucker explains how public perceptions of Trump’s leadership during a global pandemic could affect his re-election prospects in this Forbes.com story.
The outcome of Supreme Court case U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith could criminalize pro-immigration speech online. This kind of crackdown is typical of authoritarian regimes — not democratic governments, CSMaP Co-director Joshua Tucker told Mashable.
NPR spoke with CSMaP affiliate Andy Guess about our Fake News study, which found older adults share misinformation at higher rates. Teaching digital literacy skills to seniors could help solve the problem, he said.
It’s not just young folks who need to up their digital literacy game: This New York Times story about students learning to spot fake news cites a CSMaP study that found seniors tend to share more fake news than other groups.
The Financial Times featured new research from CSMaP and Stanford’s Program on Democracy and the Internet. Early findings show participants struggle to identify fake news — especially if it aligns with their politics.