Will Russia hearings reap regulations for social media giants?

Next week, the Senate Intelligence Committee will hear testimony from representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google as part of an ongoing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The tech giants will be asked about Kremlin-sponsored propaganda and misinformation on their platforms during last year’s campaign and their plans to prevent future interference. […]

Twitter followers use friendships to fight fake news

ITHACA, N.Y. – New Cornell University research offers hope that fake news and false rumors that reverberate around the Internet can be quashed. When Twitter users tweet a false rumor, they are more than twice as likely to accept correction if it comes from a mutual follower – someone they follow who also follows them […]

Despite efforts, Facebook is not ready to take on fake news

This week, Facebook launched an advertising campaign in the U.K. seeking to help the public discern fake news online. The move, which precedes parliamentary elections in Britain, is seen as an attempt to curb the spread of false stories over Facebook ahead of critical political events. Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University […]

Google, Facebook must set standards beyond fake news

Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies the way people communicate online and the role of accountability, credibility, and legitimacy within social networks, says that steps to regulate fake news online are attempts by social media companies to avoid facing up to their larger public role. Bio: https://communication.cals.cornell.edu/people/drew-margolin Margolin says: “Fake […]

Q&A: How Twitter is giving us a peek inside your mind this election

Media Note: You can find a short video with Drew Margolin presenting his work at this link, and on YouTube. ITHACA, N.Y. – Just like television shaped the Nixon-Kennedy race, the social media platform shows that new media matters in politics. Communication professor Drew Margolin studies human dynamics through social media. He has been tracking people’s […]

‘Locker room talk’ is phrase of the night on twitter

Drew Margolin, a Cornell University communication professor who studies human dynamics through social media, has been tracking how people react to presidential candidates on Twitter since the beginning of the primaries. Using a new method of real-time analysis, Margolin and his collaborator, Yu-Ru Lin of the University of Pittsburgh, found that “locker room talk” was […]

Why is #PrayforBoston more popular than #PrayforIraq?

Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University who studies human dynamics through social media and is co-author of the study “The Ripple of Fear, Sympathy and Solidarity During the Boston Bombings,” says different online reactions in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the West and Muslim countries are motivated by ‘personal connections,’ not […]