Discourse in and about Spanish was present on both sides of the political spectrum, more so leading up to the 2016 presidential election than in previous cycles, according to research conducted by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
A new model of opinion formation shows how the extent to which people like or dislike each other affects their political views -- and vice versa. The resulting division of societies can even become a matter of life and death, as the current crises show, according to researchers of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH).
Research from the University of Kent has found that people who adopt a collectivist mindset are more likely to comply with social distancing and hygiene practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. People who are more individualist are less likely to engage, partly due to beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and feelings of powerlessness surrounding the pandemic.
A new study in the journal PLOS One, by UCLA professors of engineering and folklore, uses machine learning to visualize how unrelated facts and false information can connect into a narrative framework that would quickly fall apart if some of elements are taken out of the mix. One of the characteristics of a conspiracy theory narrative framework-- like what built up around Pizzagate online -- is that it is easily disconnected, they found.
The Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University has published a special report, a summary of worldwide anti-Semitic phenomena associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voter ID laws are becoming more common and more strict, and the stakes for American democracy are high and growing higher by the year. New research from the University of California San Diego provides evidence that voter ID laws disproportionately reduce voter turnout in more racially diverse areas.
The rapid politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen in messages members of the US Congress sent about the issue on the social media site Twitter, a new analysis found. Using artificial intelligence and resources from the Ohio Supercomputer Center, researchers conducted an analysis that covered all 30,887 tweets that members sent about COVID-19 from the first one on Jan. 17 through March 31.
Facebook is a more fertile breeding ground for fake news than Twitter, and ideological extremists are most likely to spread it, according to a new study of 783 social media users.
A new Pew Research Center report examining U.S. views of climate change and other environmental issues, including attitudes toward expanding renewable energy and the federal government's response to climate change.
New Penn State research found that the 2017 Women's March, which championed goals in support of women and human rights, was met with mostly positive support on social media, with relatively few negative messages.