Parents - particularly moms - increasingly consult social media for support when taking decisions about their young children, and likely also when advising other family members such as elderly relatives. Minimizing malignant online influences is therefore crucial to securing their assent for policies ranging from vaccinations, masks and social distancing against the pandemic, to household best practices against climate change, to acceptance of future 5G towers nearby.
In the wake of the 2018 Facebook–Cambridge Analytica scandal, social media companies began restricting academic researchers’ access to the easiest, most reliable means of systematic data collection via their application programming interfaces (APIs). Although these restrictions have been decried widely by digital researchers, in this essay, Rebekah Tromble argues that relatively little has changed. The underlying relationship between researchers, the platforms, and digital data remains largely the same.
Several high-profile sources have focused worldwide attention on the dangers of misinformation about COVID, with the World Health Organization declaring a COVID-19 social media "infodemic". Prior work has associated such misinformation with low-credibility sources that are known to spread conspiracy theories and malicious content. Here, researchers report the results of an analysis of over 500 million social media posts from Twitter and Facebook between March 8 and May 1, 2020.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 1:00pm
As the Biden administration and the new Congress begin to grapple with how to bring transparency and accountability to massive digital platforms like Facebook, Google, TikTok, and Twitter, they may seek ideas and guidance from other countries and jurisdictions where regulatory work has been moving more rapidly.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
As we move toward widely distributing COVID vaccines, it is crucial that public health experts develop effective strategies for communicating fact-based messages to combat anti-vaccine sentiment and increase vaccine uptake worldwide.
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 12:00pm
This panel discussion presented views from Professor Chris Kojm, Dr. Rollie Lal, Dr. Rebekah Tromble, and Seamus Hughes, Deputy Director for the GW Program on Extremism on how extremist ideas have spread through society, how technology is an enabler for extremist groups such as QAnon and the Capitol rioters, as well as the international implications.
A new study shows bias is deeply ingrained in algorithmic models, generating sexualized images of women while creating professional images of men.
This widening ideological rift is the story of today’s GOP, but it is much older than that. For as long as there has been a Republican Party, it has had a conspiratorial strain. Often, it has flowed on currents of conservative populism, racism, fear of Black racial progress, and resentment over a dwindling white middle class, historians and political analysts said. Yet, history provides no real playbook for McConnell and other Republican leaders to stem the tide as they battle with rank-and-file members over the party’s direction.
As users drifted through Facebook in the aftermath of the presidential election, they may have run across a satirical article about the Nashville bombing in December. Playing off conspiracies about COVID-19 death diagnoses, a viral photo jokingly suggested the bomber had “died from COVID-19 shortly after blowing himself up.”