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.
Our co-director, Joshua A Tucker, spoke with Ben Jacobs at Vice News about the implications of the Senate voting down a commission to investigate the Capitol riot of Jan. 6. Without a formal investigation, Tucker and others wonder if the “growing Republican mythos” around the 2020 election will lead to a downward spiral for our democracy.
As Facebook reaffirms their intention to keep former President Trump suspended from the platform, criticism from conservatives continues to grow and escalate. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, weighs in on Facebook’s decision and the effects it will have on information flow.
Twitter continues to ban Trump “clone” accounts as more newly created accounts seeks to re-post content from former President Trump, who still remains a banned user from the platform. Our co-director, Jonathan Nagler, weighs in on the effects this is having on riding Twitter of Trump completely.
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.”