Peer Publications

 

Trump’s Big Lie: A Rare Confirmed Case of Widespread Belief in Misinformation

Trump’s Big Lie: A Rare Confirmed Case of Widespread Belief in Misinformation

March 30, 2022
Accounts of the misinformation problem are filled with examples of “true believers” who have been exposed to, and accept, false claims. Many people really do believe the wild, unsupported lies that emanate from the QAnon movement or vaccine conspiracy theorists. But how many people?How representative are anecdotes about true believers?
Demographic Determinism, the Republican Party, and Anti-Democratic Attitudes

Demographic Determinism, the Republican Party, and Anti-Democratic Attitudes

March 30, 2022
Following the 2010 Census, demographers and other experts of Census data began calling a definitive coming shift in U.S. racial demographics (Bowler and Segura 2011). This was the idea that by midcentury, Whites would become a minority and the people of color would become the numerical majority of the country. It has since been described as the majority-minority flip, or the browning of America (Sundstrom 2008).
Demographic Change Narratives and Democratic Backsliding

Demographic Change Narratives and Democratic Backsliding

March 30, 2022
Recently, more attention is needed on how attitudes about democracy are developing among the public. There is mounting evidence for increasing anti-democratic sentiment among the American public. These views present a threat to the function of American government, as well as to the very fabric and cohesion of American society.
On the events of January 6th and elite accountability.

On the events of January 6th and elite accountability.

March 30, 2022
Part of what led to the events of January 6th was the assumption, amongst at least some membersof our political class, that they would be held to a lower standard and could face no social approbation, normative shunning, or legal repercussions for their actions.
Right-wing media’s coverage of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6

Right-wing media’s coverage of theattack on the US Capitol on January 6

March 30, 2022
This white paper examines 12 major right-wing media’s coverage of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. It uses a unique dataset of online right-wing media content that is both broad and narrow.
Misinformation and Factual Corrections: The Case of the 2020 U.S. Election

Misinformation and Factual Corrections: The Case of the 2020 U.S. Election

March 30, 2022
Beginning in September 2020 and concluding at the end of November, researchers conducted eight panel experiments to measure the effects of election-related misinformation and factual corrections. In total, they evaluated twenty-one highly-trafficked pieces of misinformation, as well as corresponding fact-checks.
Towards Statistical Foundations For Detecting Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior On Facebook

Towards Statistical Foundations For Detecting Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior On Facebook

May 13, 2021
In this document the researchers propose a novel method to detect coordinated inauthentic behavior in Facebook pages and groups. This method modifies a recently published technique, with the intention of establishing a firm statistical foundation for defining “simultaneous link sharing” behavior.
QAnon on Twitter: An Overview

QAnon on Twitter: An Overview

March 05, 2021
This report provides an overview of activity related to QAnon on Twitter, using a novel dataset of nearly 85 million tweets sent between July 9, 2018 and October 31, 2020.