Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us
The Guardian: Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news The Guardian: Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news
Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States? European Research Council
Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change Trusted Innovation – Junk Science, Fake News, and Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change
Commentary Essays Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us

Washington Post: Facebook has so much more to tell us

This originally appeared as “Facebook has so much more to tell us” and was written by my collaborator Bence Kollanyi and I. Facebook and Twitter have taken the important step of handing over thousands of ads to Congress that were bought and circulated by Russian strategists to influence our elections. […]

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 European Research Council

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of the country? In this data […]

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Fake News on Twitter Flooded Swing States That Helped Trump Win
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Fake News on Twitter Flooded Swing States That Helped Trump Win

The project’s latest research on politicized information and the 2016 US election was covered in Mother Jones. Millions of tweets were flying furiously in the final days leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. And in closely fought battleground states that would prove key to Donald Trump’s victory, they were […]

Propaganda flowed heavily into battleground states around election, study says
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Propaganda flowed heavily into battleground states around election, study says

Our latest research into polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered in the Washington Post. Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall in the days immediately before and […]

Far right makes most noise on Twitter in German election
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Far right makes most noise on Twitter in German election

Research by myself and my colleagues at the COMPROP team on the 2017 German election was covered by Reuters. The far right is making the most noise on Twitter during Germany’s election campaign, but far less fake news is being spread in Germany than the United States saw before the […]

Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows
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Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

Research by myself and my colleagues at the COMPROP team on the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even […]