Twitter banned Marjorie Taylor Greene. That may not hurt her much.

2022-01-14T18:36:33+00:00

Washington Post Megan A. Brown and Maggie MacDonald January 14, 2022 Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) tweeted misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, and after repeated offenses like this, Twitter permanently suspended her personal account.  Similarly, Facebook briefly suspended Greene's account after she made the same post on their platform. Our researchers further discuss deplatforming politicians and whether that type of intervention works.

Twitter banned Marjorie Taylor Greene. That may not hurt her much.2022-01-14T18:36:33+00:00

What Happened When Twitter Halted Trending Topics in Ethiopia

2022-01-13T19:10:52+00:00

Slate Megan A. Brown and Tessa Knight January 13, 2022 Twitter announced they would halt Trends in Ethiopia, following the country's recent violence and year-long civil war. This intervention was intended to reduce the risk of coordinating further violence or harm. Our research found no discernible change in the volume of tweets or the prevalence of toxic and threatening speech, meaning the Twitter intervention may not have worked as intended. Our researchers go on to explain this phenomenon.

What Happened When Twitter Halted Trending Topics in Ethiopia2022-01-13T19:10:52+00:00

Trendless Fluctuation? How Twitter’s Ethiopia Interventions May (Not) Have Worked

2022-01-11T16:47:27+00:00

Tech Policy Press Megan A. Brown and Tessa Knight January 11, 2022 The escalating conflict in Ethiopia, has left thousands dead and displaced millions more. Previous reports and new documents leaked by Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, illustrate how social media is fueling ethnic-based violence in Ethiopia. Our researchers discuss how Twitter and other social media interventions are not having the intended effect.

Trendless Fluctuation? How Twitter’s Ethiopia Interventions May (Not) Have Worked2022-01-11T16:47:27+00:00

Academic Researchers Need Access to the Facebook Papers

2021-11-04T14:20:34+00:00

Slate Zeve Sanderson, Jonathan Nagler, & Joshua A. Tucker November 4, 2021 Despite the revelatory findings in the Facebook Papers, only 17 news outlets and government officials have access to them. Meaning that scholars, and other academics, aren't able to study them in-full. Our experts weigh in on how this affects future research.

Academic Researchers Need Access to the Facebook Papers2021-11-04T14:20:34+00:00

New research casts doubt on Twitter’s crowdsourced fact-checking plans

2021-10-29T14:26:11+00:00

Washington Post Cristiano Lima October 29, 2021 Silicon Valley leaders are already plotting out a course for the next generation of the Web, like the so-called “metaverse.” In a series of essays compiled by the Knight Foundation, founding figures in the world of technology lay out their “Lessons from the First Internet Ages,” ahead of a conference on the topic.

New research casts doubt on Twitter’s crowdsourced fact-checking plans2021-10-29T14:26:11+00:00

Twitter May Be Amping Conservative Accounts Because People Can’t Stop Dunking on Them

2021-10-29T14:18:12+00:00

Rolling Stone Ryan Bort October 27, 2021 The company released a study last Thursday finding a “statistically significant difference favoring the political right wing,” when it comes to which tweets are amplified. This means a tweet from Ted Cruz is more likely to come across your timeline, than one from Dick Durbin, because Twitter thinks you’re more likely to engage with it. Our research helps explain this ratio'd algorithm.

Twitter May Be Amping Conservative Accounts Because People Can’t Stop Dunking on Them2021-10-29T14:18:12+00:00

Facebook might rebrand as a ‘metaverse’ company. What does that even mean?

2021-10-21T15:03:48+00:00

Popular Science Charlotte Hu October 20, 2021 An internal source to Facebook report that the company might be changing their name soon, with the goal of distancing the company’s future tech from its current image. Our Executive Director, Zeve Sanderson, discusses the shifting media environment and how companies are adapting to these fast changes.

Facebook might rebrand as a ‘metaverse’ company. What does that even mean?2021-10-21T15:03:48+00:00

YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.

2021-10-18T15:12:36+00:00

New York Times Davey Alba October 14, 2021 New research shows that YouTube's stricter policies against election misinformation was followed by sharp drops in the prevalence of false and misleading videos on Facebook and Twitter. Our researchers explain how the video service's power across various social media.

YouTube’s stronger election misinformation policies had a spillover effect on Twitter and Facebook, researchers say.2021-10-18T15:12:36+00:00

Facebook, open your data trove: The lesson of whistleblower Frances Haugen

2021-10-05T14:24:25+00:00

New York Daily News Joshua Tucker & Jonathan Nagler October 5, 2021 Platforms have troves of research studying their societal impact and whistleblower, Frances Haugen claims Facebook knew the impact their platform had on fueling the spread of misinformation. The recent Facebook revelations, and the hearing taking place to investigate those allegations, show why it's critical for government to open that data to outsider researchers. Our co-directors, Joshua Tucker and Jonathan Nagler explain.

Facebook, open your data trove: The lesson of whistleblower Frances Haugen2021-10-05T14:24:25+00:00

New research on Facebook use in Bosnia and Herzegovina underscores complexity of relationship between social media and social dynamics

2021-07-27T20:06:50+00:00

Tech Policy Press Justin Hendrix June 16, 2021 Our peer-reviewed study, "Testing the effects of Facebook usage in an ethnically polarized setting" was discussed at length in this Tech Policy Press piece. In the study, CSMaP researchers used Facebook data from Bosnia and Herzegovina to better understand the complex relationship between social media and political polarization outside of a US context.

New research on Facebook use in Bosnia and Herzegovina underscores complexity of relationship between social media and social dynamics2021-07-27T20:06:50+00:00