The Social Media and Democracy Research Grants support research that examines the impact of social media and related digital technologies on democracy and elections. Researchers whose proposals are selected for support receive research funding via the Social Science Research Council and access to Facebook data via Social Science One.

The following are awardees from the Social Media and Democracy Research Grants:

Do Fact-Checks Slow the Spread of Misinformation on Facebook and Twitter?

Principal Investigator

Matthew Baum

Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

Harvard University

Participants

Nicholas Beauchamp

Northeastern University

Nic Dias

Harvard University

4 more

Measuring the Effects of Peer Sharing on Fake and Polarized News Consumption

Principal Investigator

Nicholas Beauchamp

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Northeastern University

Northeastern University

Participants

David Lazer

Northeastern University

Donghee Jo

Northeastern University

2 more

Platforms, Ideology, and Demographics: Sources and Impact of Polarization on Propagation of Disinformation and False News

Principal Investigator

Yochai Benkler

Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard University

Harvard University

Participants

Edoardo M. Airoldi

Temple University

Justin Clark

Harvard University

6 more

How Does Facebook Influence Parliament?

Principal Investigator

John Bryden

PhD Supervisor and Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Participants

Lewis Westbury

University of Oxford

How Hyperlink Sharing on Facebook Influences Civic Engagement and Elections in Taiwan

Principal Investigator

Pai-lin Chen

Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Journalism, National Chengchi University

National Chengchi University

Participants

Kung Chen

National Chengchi University

Yu-Chung Cheng

National Chengchi University

Shiuh-Feng Shih

National Chengchi University

“I Read It on Facebook”: How Do Conversations on Social Media Escape the Agenda-Setting of News Media?

Principal Investigator

Jean-Philippe Cointet

Associate Professor, médialab, Sciences Po

Sciences Po médialab

Participants

Dominique Cardon

Sciences Po

Guillaume Plique

Sciences Po

Investigating Digital Outrage as an Engine of Disinformation

Principal Investigators

Molly Crockett

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University

William Brady

Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University

Yale University

Participants

Guillaume Chaslot

University of Paris-Est

Kate Klonick

St. John’s University

Killian McLoughlin

Yale University

Understanding Problematic Sharing Behavior on Facebook

Principal Investigator

R. Kelly Garrett

Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Participants

Robert Bond

Ohio State University

Ceren Budak

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

2 more

Patterns of Facebook Interactions around Insular and Cross-Partisan Media Sources in the Run-up of the 2018 Italian Election

Principal Investigator

Fabio Giglietto

Associate Professor, Università di Urbino Carlo Bo

Università di Urbino Carlo Bo

Participants

Laura Iannelli

Università di Sassari

Giada Marino

Università di Urbino Carlo Bo

3 more

Exploring the Dissemination of Misinformation on Facebook in the United States

Principal Investigator

Andrew Guess

Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Princeton University

Participants

Jonathan Nagler

New York University

Joshua Tucker

New York University

Mapping Disinformation Campaigns across Platforms: The German General Election

Principal Investigator

Simon Hegelich

Professor of Political Data Science, Technical University of Munich

Technical University of Munich

Participants

Joana Bayraktar

Technical University of Munich

Fabienne Marco

Technical University of Munich

3 more

Facebook Information Diffusion and Protest Mobilization: State-Level Analyses of the 2018 March for Our Lives Demonstrations

Principal Investigator

K. Hazel Kwon

Associate Professor, Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Participants

Shawn Walker

Arizona State University

The Role of Facebook in Legislative Campaigns in Chile (2017)

Principal Investigator

Juan Pablo Luna

Professor of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Participants

Cristian Pérez-Muñoz

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Barbara Poblete

Universidad de Chile

3 more

Breaking Echo Chambers: How (and Which) News Diffuses across Polarized Groups on Facebook

Principal Investigator

Massimo Maoret

Professor, IESE Business School, University of Navarra

University of Navarra

Participants

Jordi Torrents

IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Maria Giulia Trupia

IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Social Media and Elections in Kenya and Zimbabwe (SoMeKeZi)

Principal Investigator

Admire Mare

Senior Lecturer of Communications, Namibia University of Science and Technology

Namibia University of Science and Technology

An Ecological Approach to Disinformation Spread on Social Media

Principal Investigators

Alice E. Marwick

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Deen Freelon

Associate Professor, School of Media and Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Participants

Daniel Kreiss

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Shannon C. McGregor

University of Utah

Megan Squire

Elon University

Characterizing Mainstream and Nonmainstream Online News Sources in Social Media

Principal Investigator

Tanushree Mitra

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Participants

Md Momen Bhuiyan

Virginia Tech

Shruti Phadke

Virginia Tech

Prerna Juneja

Virginia Tech

The Demographics of the Sharing of Hyperpartisan News in Brazil

Principal Investigator

Pablo Ortellado

Professor of Public Policy, University of São Paulo

University of São Paulo

Participants

Márcio Moretto Ribeiro

University of São Paulo

Framing and Sharing News on Social Media

Principal Investigator

Sora Park

Associate Professor, University of Canberra

University of Canberra

Participants

Caroline Fisher

University of Canberra

Glen Fuller

University of Canberra

3 more

Identifying Best Practices to Correct Misinformation on Facebook

Principal Investigator

Ethan Porter

Assistant Professor, George Washington University

George Washington University

Participants

David Broniatowski

George Washington University

Pedram Hosseini

George Washington University

Thomas J. Wood

Ohio State University

Studying User Behavior in Reaction to Mis/Disinformation on Facebook

Principal Investigator

Franziska Roesner

Associate Professor, University of Washington

University of Washington

Looking beyond the Crisis of Democracy: Patterns of Representation in Israeli Elections

Principal Investigators

Tamir Sheafer

Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Shaul Shenhav

Professor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Participants

Dror Markus

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Guy Mor

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Alon Zoizner

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Using Facebook Engagements to Assess How Information Operations Microtarget Online Audiences Using “Alternative” New Media

Principal Investigator

Kate Starbird

Assistant Professor, University of Washington

University of Washington

Participants

Ahmer Arif

University of Washington

Andrew Beers

University of Washington

Tom Wilson

University of Washington

Are We More Willing to Speak Up When We Share Without Clicking? A Study of Political Content Sharing on Facebook

Principal Investigator

S. Shyam Sundar

James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects & Codirector, Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

Participants

Guangqing Chi

Pennsylvania State University

Jinping Wang

Pennsylvania State University

Junjun Yin

Pennsylvania State University

SHARENEWS: Predicting the Shareworthiness of ‘Real’ and ‘Fake’ News in Europe

Principal Investigator

Damian Trilling

Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

Participants

Wouter van Atteveldt

Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam

Denis Halagiera

Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan

8 more

Studying Polarization, Misinformation, and Manipulation across Multiple Platforms and the Larger Information Ecosystem

Principal Investigator

Joshua Tucker

Professor of Politics, Affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and Affiliated Professor of Data Science, New York University

New York University

Participants

Richard Bonneau

New York University

Cody Buntain

New York University

3 more

False News on Facebook during the 2017 Chilean Elections: Analyzing Its Content, Diffusion, and Audience Characteristics

Principal Investigators

Sebastián Valenzuela

Associate Professor at the School of Communication & Associate Researcher of the Millennium Institute for Foundational Research on Data, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Magdalena Saldaña

Assistant Professor in Journalism, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Participants

Benjamín Bustos

Universidad de Chile

Juan Pablo Luna

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

2 more

Scoping the “Fake News” Problem: What Fraction of Americans’ Information Diet Is Fake News, or Even News at All?

Principal Investigator

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher and Partner, University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania

Participants

Hunt Allcott

New York University

David Rothschild

Microsoft Research

The Social Media Behavior of Venezuelan State Media: A Case Study on TeleSUR English

Principal Investigator

José Ricardo Zapata

Professor, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín

Participants

Luciano Gallon

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín

Ana Miralles

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín

Ariel Sheen

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín

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