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IDDP Director Joins Major Study of Facebook’s Effect on Elections

An independent group of scholars including the George Washington University’s Rebekah Tromble will team up with Facebook researchers to conduct a major study of the social media giant’s effect on the 2020 presidential elections this fall. And Facebook, though cooperating with the study, will have no say in the framing or analysis of the results.
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Lawmakers: Social Media Platforms Must Take Action Against Online Misogyny

Social media platforms must do more to protect women from the online attacks that too often end their public service careers, lawmakers said Thursday at a virtual forum on online misogyny hosted by the George Washington University’s Institute for Data, Democracy & Politics (IDDP).
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Rideshare Users Pay More in Low-Income and Minority Neighborhoods

Thinking of calling a rideshare service? Uber and Lyft passengers going to and from low-income and non-white neighborhoods may pay higher prices, researchers at the George Washington University recently found.
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Social Media Disinformation Discredits Democratic Elections

Currently, the global COVID-19 pandemic, impending economic crisis and national movement against racial injustice pose a triple threat of interference from hostile foreign powers and voter suppression to the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential elections, said Stacy Abrams, a former Georgia gubernational candidate.
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Social Media Companies Profiting from Misinformation

An independent group of scholars including the George Washington University’s Rebekah Tromble will team up with Facebook researchers to conduct a major study of the social media giant’s effect on the 2020 presidential elections this fall. And Facebook, though cooperating with the study, will have no say in the framing or analysis of the results.
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New Map Reveals Distrust in Health Expertise Is Winning Hearts and Minds Online

Communities on Facebook that distrust establishment health guidance are more effective than government health agencies and other reliable health groups at reaching and engaging “undecided” individuals, according to a first-of-its-kind study published today by researchers at George Washington University and other institutions in the journal Nature.
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Q & A: How Scams Proliferate in the Age of COVID-19

With GW’s IDDP, BuzzFeed journalist Craig Silverman investigated a misleading billion-email sales campaign for overpriced facemasks.
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How Does Twitter Shape the Conversation around Covid-19?

Researchers at the George Washington University are part of a multi-institutional initiative to create an open database tracking online attitudes toward COVID-19, an essential tool for researchers and public health professionals working to slow the pandemic.
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Unifying Human Conflict using Data Science

A new paper by CCAS professor Neil Johnson finds a mathematical pattern in human conflict using data science.
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Government Intervention Needed to Address Vaccination Misinformation

GW faculty argue in a new commentary that regulation is necessary to curb the spread of false information about vaccines on social media.
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Research Finds Extreme Elitism, Social Hierarchy among Gab Users

A new study discovers small number of influential users share homogeneous content sometimes associated with state-sponsored propaganda.
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Research team sets recommendations for removing online hate groups

An interdisciplinary research team released four policy suggestions for how social media companies can counteract the spread of hate groups on social media platforms.
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Novel Mapping Model Tracks How Hate Spreads and Adapts Online

A team of GW researchers studying hate on social media outlined the challenges to dismantling online hate groups worldwide in a new paper.