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CSMaP informs public discourse in the digital age. See a selection of news stories citing our experts.
Tech Policy Press: “Suspension Warnings” Can Reduce Hate Speech on Twitter
A CSMaP study found that giving Twitter users "suspension warnings" seriously reduced the amount of hate speech that the users used on the platform.
November 22, 2021
Gizmodo: Twitter's Best Strategy to Combat Hate Speech Is Politely Asking People to Knock It Off, Study Finds
A CSMaP study found that "politely phrased" warnings can go a long way toward shaming people into better behavior on platforms like Twitter.
November 22, 2021
Los Angeles Times: Gov. Newsom returns to public eye after sudden absence sparked social media speculation
Joshua A. Tucker discusses how a void of information can help lead to misinformation.
November 9, 2021
The Washington Post: New research casts doubt on Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking plans
Joshua A. Tucker talks about Twitter's new approach to fact-checking and whether research backs up its effectiveness.
October 29, 2021
Rolling Stone: Twitter May Be Amping Conservative Accounts Because People Can’t Stop Dunking on Them
A CSMaP study found that lawmakers whose tweets cause the most outrage online, received the most amount of interactions with their tweets by other users -- mostly in the form of "dunking".
October 27, 2021
Popular Science: Facebook might rebrand as a ‘metaverse’ company. What does that even mean?
Zeve Sanderson talks about how quickly the media environment norms and standards change. He also discusses the new possibilities tech companies have with the metaverse.
October 20, 2021
The New York Times: YouTube Sued Over Animal Abuse Videos, Accused of Not Enforcing Ban
Zeve Sanderson discusses the attention that platforms, like YouTube, received after trying to institute content moderation policies.
October 19, 2021
The New York Times: YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.
A CSMaP study found a significant rise in election fraud YouTube videos shared on Twitter immediately following the Nov. 3 election.
October 14, 2021
CNN: California's Political Circus
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the power of name recognition and its ability to help celebrity politicians to succeed.
September 22, 2021
Spectrum News 1: Despite labels, Trump's election misinformation tweets spread widely
A CSMaP study found that Trump’s messages that were labeled for misinformation by Twitter spread further than tweets that receive no intervention at all.
August 26, 2021
CNET: Trump's tweets blocked for election misinformation still spread to other sites
A CSMaP study found that tweets flagged for misinformation on Twitter, still spread on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit.
August 25, 2021
Popular Science: Twitter’s efforts to tackle misleading tweets just made them thrive elsewhere
Zeve Sanderson talks about a CSMaP study that found that misinformation flagged on one platform, continues to spread on other ones through screenshots and other posts.
August 25, 2021
Tech Policy Press: New research points to role of social media in stoking division in U.S.
A CSMaP study found that it's unlikely that social media is the main driver of polarization, however, it's often a key facilitator.
August 24, 2021
USA Today: Twitter blocked and labeled Donald Trump's tweets on election fraud. They spread anyway.
A new CSMaP study found that Trump tweets, either blocked or labeled as false on Twitter, still spread on other platforms -- sometimes out performing tweets with no flags.
August 24, 2021
Popular Science: Social media really is making us more morally outraged
Jonathan Nagler discusses a recent Yale paper that found that social media platforms like Twitter, amplify our collective moral outrage.
August 13, 2021
Popular Science: Instagram now lets you manage ‘sensitive content.’ Here’s how to use it.
Joshua A. Tucker talks about sensitivity filters getting better over time, making it unclear how Instagram's new policy will affect the majority of its users.
July 30, 2021
Pindograma: Searching Google can increase belief in fake news
Joshua A. Tucker and Kevin Aslett discuss how Googling fake news can actually increase one's belief in it.
July 21, 2021
VICE: A Shocking Number of Americans Believe the Dumbest COVID Vaccine Conspiracy
Joshua A. Tucker talks about how people are generally not good at spotting fake news, and how the COVID-19 and vaccine rollout further hindered people's ability to spot misinformation online.
July 16, 2021
GovInsider: 3 ways countries can counter misinformation
Joshua A. Tucker talks about how countries can prevent false information from derailing societies.
July 12, 2021
NYU News: New Yorkers and NYU students alike show low turnout for the mayoral primaries
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the city's low voter turnout and the difference in voter participation between local and presidential elections in the US.
June 30, 2021
Tech Policy Press: New research on Facebook use in Bosnia and Herzegovina underscores complexity of relationship between social media and social dynamics
A CSMaP research paper talks about the use of Facebook in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the complex social dynamics that are intertwined.
June 16, 2021
VICE: The GOP’s ‘Off the Rails’ March Toward Authoritarianism Has Historians Worried
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the rise of "the big lie" and how this creates a situation where the process of ceding power becomes more difficult for the right.
June 2, 2021
TBS eFM This Morning: Facebook's recent affirmation to keep former President Trump's
Joshua A. Tucker talks about Facebook's affirmation to maintain Trump's suspension from the platform and the growing criticism from conservatives.
May 12, 2021
Salon: Twitter will never truly be rid of Trump — but their game of whac-a-mole is working: Tech experts
Jonathan Nagler talks about Twitter's intervention around Trump and the effects that it might have on his future messaging.
May 7, 2021
Yahoo News: Without Trump, political disinformation dips -- for now
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the misinformation of 2020 and how it made some question the integrity of the election.
March 29, 2021