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Washington Post:  Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?
Commentary Essays / In The News / Washington Post

Washington Post: Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

This originally appeared as Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it? and was written by my collaborator Robert Gorwa and I. This month, one of the most important intelligence documents about Russian interference in the U.S. election emerged. But it didn’t come from the National […]

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

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 […]

Children watch their mother vote during the U.S. general election in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S. on November 8, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Drake
Commentary Essays / In The News / Reuters

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 […]

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.
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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Contributed to a Washington Post story on what impact changing Facebook profile photos does, and does not, have. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at […]