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Social media, political polarization, and political disinformation: a review of the scientific literature

Barberá, Pablo, Tucker, Joshua A., Guess, Andrew, Vaccari, Cristian, Siegel, Alexandra, Sanovich, Sergey, Stukal, Denis and Nyhan, Brendan (2018) Social media, political polarization, and political disinformation: a review of the scientific literature. . William + Flora Hewlett Foundation, California, USA.

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Abstract

The following report is intended to provide an overview of the current state of the literature on the relationship between social media; political polarization; and political “disinformation,” a term used to encompass a wide range of types of information about politics found online, including “fake news,” rumors, deliberately factually incorrect information, inadvertently factually incorrect information, politically slanted information, and “hyperpartisan” news. The review of the literature is provided in six separate sections, each of which can be read individually but that cumulatively are intended to provide an overview of what is known — and unknown — about the relationship between social media, political polarization, and disinformation. The report concludes by identifying key gaps in our understanding of these phenomena and the data that are needed to address them.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: https://www.hewlett.org/
Additional Information: © 2018 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 11:36
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 00:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87402

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