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How Twitter takes votes away from Trump but not from Republicans

A popular narrative holds that social media network Twitter influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections by helping Republican candidate Donald Trump spread partisan content and misinformation. In a recent interview ...

Political posts causing social media fatigue for many Americans

The 2020 general election is right around the corner and the political climate is heating up. Although Americans have relied on social media as a source of personal connectivity, many are choosing to tune out due to fatigue ...

The anatomy of a COVID-19 conspiracy theory

It's widely believed that social media conspiracy theories are driven by malicious and anonymous "bots" set up by shadowy third parties. But my new research – which examined an extremely successful COVID-19 conspiracy theory—has ...

To thine own self be true on Facebook

Individuals who express themselves more authentically on Facebook tend to report higher levels of subjective well-being. The findings, published in Nature Communications, suggest that if users engage in self-expression on ...

Who's Tweeting about scientific research? And why?

Although Twitter is best known for its role in political and cultural discourse, it has also become an increasingly vital tool for scientific communication. The record of social media engagement by laypeople is decoded by ...

Study identifies first step to beating water scarcity

New research has revealed the locations and industries in the U.S. where efforts to improve water consumption would have the greatest benefit for economic activity and the environment.

Why anti-vaxxers often win out on Facebook

Groups that spread vaccine misinformation on social media have more impact than government health agencies and other expert organizations on undecided people, a new study finds.

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