CSMaP’s research takes on some of the most pressing questions of the Internet Age: How has social media shaped our news diets? Has it affected how we protest? Has it enabled foreign actors to try to sway election outcomes? And how has it facilitated the spread of information — and misinformation — around the world?
Our goal is to bridge the gap between that research and the wider world — and inform public discourse on how to move forward. If you’re a reporter covering the intersection of social media and politics, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.