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 Venuri Siriwardane at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.7572.
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.
CSMaP Co-Director Joshua Tucker is quoted in a story on a Vietnamese group promoting propaganda on Facebook. Since October 2019, Snopes has been following the activities of a digital media outlet called “The BL” which has an explicitly pro-Trump editorial strategy…