Twitter put warning labels on hundreds of thousands of tweets. Our research examined which worked best.

2021-03-04T17:42:12+00:00

Washington Post Megan A. Brown, Zeve Sanderson, Jonathan Nagler, Richard Bonneau and Joshua Tucker December 9, 2020 In the aftermath of the 2020 election, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate about misinformation during the election. Dorsey was questioned about Twitter's decision to label Trump's tweets as "false or misleading", which some accused as a bias against conservatives and others argued allowed the misinformation to spread. At CSMaP, we investigated these efforts to stop misinformation and found that even labeled tweets continued to spread and tweets from Trump actually spread more. [...]

Twitter put warning labels on hundreds of thousands of tweets. Our research examined which worked best.2021-03-04T17:42:12+00:00

How Trump impacts harmful Twitter speech: A case study in three tweets

2021-03-04T17:39:16+00:00

Brookings Megan Brown and Zeve Sanderson October 22, 2020 The use of offensive speech on the internet leading to the rise of political events on the ground is a dynamic that is familiar to researchers of online speech. But what about Trump's online speech? At CSMaP, we examined three tweets from Trump and tracked whether they had an impact on the quality of other online speech and whether the effect was negative. Our findings highlight the challenges that platforms face leading up to, and in the aftermath of the election.

How Trump impacts harmful Twitter speech: A case study in three tweets2021-03-04T17:39:16+00:00

Twitter expands rules against election-related misinformation, setting up showdown with Trump

2020-09-11T18:56:49+00:00

CNN Business Marshall Cohen September 10, 2020 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.”

Twitter expands rules against election-related misinformation, setting up showdown with Trump2020-09-11T18:56:49+00:00

Big Tech: monopolies, misinformation and election integrity

2020-08-21T20:52:58+00:00

WHYY/Radio Times Kevin McCorry August 11, 2020 WHYY's Radio Times interviewed our co-director, Joshua Tucker, on misinformation and disinformation, fact-checking President Trump, election integrity, Russian meddling, and more. Here's a recording of the conversation.

Big Tech: monopolies, misinformation and election integrity2020-08-21T20:52:58+00:00

Weeding out the political astroturf

2020-08-13T23:13:51+00:00

Cosmos Ian Connellan July 23, 2020 Cosmos wrote a story featuring our study with Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs. It explains how we developed a way to track online foreign misinformation campaigns in real time: By using machine learning to identify new malicious “troll” accounts on Twitter by tracking disinformation campaigns that targeted U.S. voters in the past.

Weeding out the political astroturf2020-08-13T23:13:51+00:00

Twitter’s rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election

2020-07-16T20:12:52+00:00

CNN.com Marshall Cohen July 15, 2020 Twitter attached fact-checking labels to President Trump’s tweets in May, but hasn’t done so to about a dozen of his untruthful tweets since then. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke with CNN about the platform’s narrow enforcement of its rules: "If we're actually worried about people's belief in the sanctity of the American electoral process, those tweets don't look any different to me," he said.

Twitter’s rigid fact-check rules allow Trump to continue spreading false information about the election2020-07-16T20:12:52+00:00

What would happen if Twitter and Facebook switched off Trump?

2020-06-19T15:37:59+00:00

The New Statesman Laurie Clarke June 19, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke to the New Statesman about the pressure social media platforms are under to increase moderation: “If you are a progressive – what level of progressive voices could potentially be silenced by these kinds of decisions?” he said.

What would happen if Twitter and Facebook switched off Trump?2020-06-19T15:37:59+00:00

Trump’s unexpected allies in the fight against Twitter and censorship: Facebook and the FCC

2020-06-08T23:22:53+00:00

Washington Examiner Nihal Krishan June 8, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told the Washington Examiner what could happen if President Trump succeeds in revoking Section 230: It would “incentivize Twitter and any social media platform to moderate more content because of lawsuits that will occur and their responsibility to shareholders,” he said.

Trump’s unexpected allies in the fight against Twitter and censorship: Facebook and the FCC2020-06-08T23:22:53+00:00

The Role Of Social Media In Moderating Trump: Facebook Versus Twitter

2020-06-03T16:39:24+00:00

Forbes Rebecca Bellan June 2, 2020 Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, spoke to Forbes to compare Facebook and Twitter's policies on moderating President Trump. Facebook “is essentially saying that there’s no way” to “police the content of politicians” without being viewed as partisan, he said.

The Role Of Social Media In Moderating Trump: Facebook Versus Twitter2020-06-03T16:39:24+00:00

Trump needs Twitter. Twitter needs Trump. Who needs who more?

2020-06-02T18:04:49+00:00

Fortune Danielle Abril May 29, 2020 President Trump’s executive order taking aim at Twitter could backfire. Our co-director, Joshua Tucker, told Fortune it could make the platforms quicker to remove content, including Trump’s own tweets.

Trump needs Twitter. Twitter needs Trump. Who needs who more?2020-06-02T18:04:49+00:00