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-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.
Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, was a guest on Global Insight, a news program on Arirang News in South Korea. He discussed the spread of disinformation ahead of the U.S. election: “We have to think about both foreign and domestic campaigns by multiple actors.”
Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told AFP why homegrown efforts to sow disinformation are surpassing foreign interference campaigns: “Who needs the Russians running around casting doubt on the integrity of the democratic process when the president of the United States is doing it?”
Research shows President Trump and his supporters — not Russian trolls — are the driving force behind disinformation campaigns around vote-by-mail. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, weighs in on the trend in this Bloomberg News story.
Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor on how President Trump’s COVID diagnosis could affect his approach to public health: It would take “a big change in character” to turn things around, he said.
Twitter is expanding its policies around election-related false news, which could force it to keep fact-checking President Trump. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke with CNN Business about why the platforms are “terrified of being accused of political bias.”