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Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?
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Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?

I spoke to the Atlantic for this story about regulating political advertising on Facebook. Experts seem to agree on two principles with respect to free speech and tech company arbitration. First, social-media companies, like other private publishers and unlike the government, are not bound by the First Amendment—meaning that they […]

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world
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Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

Our research on government-sponsored social media manipulation was featured in a Washington Post article. Though most social media platforms are designed and run by corporations based the United States, the platforms are infiltrated almost immediately upon their release to the public by a range of international actors skilled at using information […]

Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says
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Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says

A report on government social media manipulation, authored by myself and collaborator Samantha Bradshaw, was featured in Bloomberg. Governments around the world are enlisting “cyber troops” who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a new report from the […]

How Bots Win Friends and Influence People
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How Bots Win Friends and Influence People

Along with the project’s work, I was featured in a short article on bots in IEEE Spectrum. Every now and then sociologist Phil Howard writes messages to social media accounts accusing them of being bots. It’s like a Turing test of the state of online political propaganda. “Once in a while a […]