Democracy is Weakening Right in Front of US

2021-02-17T16:55:36+00:00

The New York Times Thomas B. Edsall Feb. 17, 2021 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.

Democracy is Weakening Right in Front of US2021-02-17T16:55:36+00:00

Are social media platforms controlling democracy?

2021-02-08T17:28:00+00:00

Arirang News Global Insight January 27, 2021 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."

Are social media platforms controlling democracy?2021-02-08T17:28:00+00:00

Michigan AG to right-wing website: Take down misleading videos

2021-01-05T21:36:52+00:00

Detroit Free Press Ashley Nerbovig November 10, 2020 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.”

Michigan AG to right-wing website: Take down misleading videos2021-01-05T21:36:52+00:00

America’s Other Pandemic

2020-11-03T19:48:27+00:00

AFP Arthur MacMillan October 30, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, was quoted in this AFP special report on the spread of disinformation during the U.S. presidential election.

America’s Other Pandemic2020-11-03T19:48:27+00:00

Michigan again a target of election disinformation

2020-11-03T19:38:06+00:00

Detroit Free Press Ashley Nerbovig October, 29, 2020 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.

Michigan again a target of election disinformation2020-11-03T19:38:06+00:00

Are Russia, China and Iran stirring up trouble for the U.S. Election?

2020-11-03T19:22:34+00:00

Arirang News October 26, 2020 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."

Are Russia, China and Iran stirring up trouble for the U.S. Election?2020-11-03T19:22:34+00:00

In 2020, homegrown US disinformation surpasses Russian effort

2020-10-26T18:30:49+00:00

AFP Arthur MacMillan October 25, 2020 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?"

In 2020, homegrown US disinformation surpasses Russian effort2020-10-26T18:30:49+00:00