Reuters: Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news Children watch their mother vote during the U.S. general election in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. on November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
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Commentary Essays Children watch their mother vote during the U.S. general election in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. on November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

Reuters: Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news

(This originally appeared as Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news.) Social media companies are taking heat for influencing the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election and Brexit referendum by allowing fake news, misinformation campaigns and hate speech to spread. But Facebook and Twitter’s real sin was […]

Books Review in Journal of Democracy

Review in Journal of Democracy

This essay appeared originally in July issue of the Journal of Democracy and is by Daniel O’Maley. What does the Internet mean for political systems, and for human freedom? During the 1990s and early 2000s, many social scientists equated the Internet’s spread with the supposed triumph of liberal democracy. Today, however, […]

Academic Articles Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis:  Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco

Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis: Lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco

Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we […]

Policy Papers Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential debate. In this brief analysis we find that (1) […]

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Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we […]