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.
Facebook and Social Science One released a trove of data that could shed light on how users shared information — and misinformation — about politics. CSMaP Co-director Joshua Tucker told Science mag it’s a “huge step forward” toward Facebook’s goal of making information about its users available to researchers.