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CSMaP informs public discourse in the digital age. See a selection of news stories citing our experts.
The New York Times: Democracy Is Weakening Right in Front of Us
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the events of Jan. 6 and how social media was used to organize the group attending the rally and the effects this might have on the future of our democracy.
February 17, 2021
USA Today: When Trump started his speech before the Capitol riot, talk on Parler turned to civil war
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the use of the term "civil war" and how this phrase generated on Parler and then lent itself to the Jan. 6 moment.
February 1, 2021
Global Insight: Are social media platforms controlling democracy?
Joshua A. Tucker talks about social media and its influence on democracy.
January 27, 2021
Detroit Free Press: Michigan AG to right-wing website: Take down misleading videos
Joshua A. Tucker discusses online influence campaigns and their strategies around fake news.
November 10, 2020
CNBC: Domestic actors have the most incentive to influence election outcome: expert
Joshua A. Tucker discusses foreign influence campaigns and their role in domestic political campaigns and the changing dynamic around domestic actor influence.
November 2, 2020
The New York Times: Did President Trump Keep His First-Term Promises? Let’s Look at 5 of Them
A CSMaP survey found that those who voted for Trump in 2016 thought he broke fewer than one in five campaign promises.
October 31, 2020
AFP: America's Other Pandemic
Joshua A. Tucker breaks down Russia's 2016 toolkit for influencing the presidential campaign.
October 30, 2020
Detroit Free Press: Michigan again a target of election disinformation
Joshua A. Tucker talks about researchers' need for archived data stored on social media platforms to better understand how people interact with politics online.
October 29, 2020
Global Insight: Are Russia, China and Iran stirring up trouble for the U.S. Election?
Joshua A. Tucker discuss the role that Russia, China, and Iran are playing in the 2020 US presidential election.
October 26, 2020
Science Mag: As U.S. election nears, researchers are following the trail of fake news
Joshua A. Tucker discusses how the type of information, or disinformation, people were exposed to influenced their confidence in the government during the election cycle.
October 26, 2020
Yahoo News: In 2020, homegrown US disinformation surpasses Russian effort
Joshua A. Tucker discusses Russia's 2016 disinformation toolkit and how domestic actors are using it this election cycle to influence the election.
October 25, 2020
Christian Science Monitor: How a president and pandemic intertwined
Joshua A. Tucker discusses how people feel towards the president's messaging around the pandemic.
October 5, 2020
The New York Times: Getting Wise to Fake News
A CSMaP report found that sharing articles from "fake news" sources was rarer than originally thought.
September 11, 2020
CNN: Twitter expands rules against election-related misinformation, setting up showdown with Trump
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the stakes social media platforms' face when it comes to content moderation.
September 10, 2020
National Journal: COVID, domestic disinfo set to supercharge election interference
Experts say tech platforms and policymakers haven’t done enough in the wake of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, even while a new set of problems could take 2020’s interference effort into overdrive.
August 21, 2020
NPR: Big Tech: monopolies, misinformation and election integrity
Joshua A. Tucker discusses the Big Tech CEO congressional hearing and their concerns over social media, disinformation, and election meddling.
August 11, 2020
France 24: The impact of social media on US elections
Joshua A. Tucker talks about how is social media filling in the information gaps for voters during the lead up to the election as people are stuck at home because of Covid-19 .
August 10, 2020
City & State: DSA candidates get out the stay-at-home votes
Jonathan Nagler talks about how absentee ballots tend to skew progressive because those candidates encourage their voters to use them.
July 24, 2020
Cosmos: Weeding out the political astroturf
A CSMaP paper found that the same things that make social media great for activists, also makes it vulnerable to manipulation campaigns.
July 23, 2020
Wall Street Journal: Republicans and Democrats Even Tweet Differently
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the impact of social media activity on political polarization.
July 16, 2020
CNN: Twitter's rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election
Joshua A. Tucker talks about the first time Twitter fact-checked Trump and whether this really had any impact on public confidence in the American electoral process.
July 15, 2020
The New Statesman: What would happen if Twitter and Facebook switched off Trump?
Joshua A. Tucker addresses how social media companies are now facing increasing pressure to regulate the content on their platforms more heavily.
June 19, 2020
Pacifica Network: Charleston Church Massacre / Iowa Rights Restoration
Joe Biden acknowledged the anniversary of the Charleston church shooting. The Iowa Governor secured voting rights, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company's stance on political speech on the platform.
June 18, 2020
Washington Examiner: Trump’s unexpected allies in the fight against Twitter and censorship: Facebook and the FCC
Joshua A. Tucker talks about Facebook and the FCC helping Trump to make his argument against social media platforms.
June 8, 2020
Forbes: The Role Of Social Media In Moderating Trump: Facebook Versus Twitter
Joshua A. Tucker talks about Facebook's potential problems with showing partisanship if they take an active role in moderating content.
June 2, 2020