Global map of developer/seller locations of 493 Covid-related iOS apps

Since the Coronavirus pandemic began, a host of Covid-19 applications have emerged. …


The Third Act: When Hate Becomes a Verb

For years, across social platforms, app ecosystems, and the rest of the web, I’ve studied the intricate networking and organizational amplification of outrage. The grievous acts that follow in the wake of progressively extreme ideologies are the conspicuous product of globally connected cells, misguided prejudices, and attention amplification mechanisms.


Pages are fabricating metrics and overriding bans

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This is the last installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics.

The third part of my analysis of Facebook prior to the midterm election, looks at granular enforcement and Facebook’s challenges in enforcing its community standards and…


How political lies and conspiracies are spreading without detection

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This is the second installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics.

In 2016, discussions about Facebook and the election tended to focus mostly on pages and paid ads. …


Analysis of political ads, groups, and rule enforcement on the platform show that the problem is only getting worse

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This is the first installment of The Micro-Propaganda Machine, a three-part analysis critically examining the issues at the interface of platforms, propaganda, and politics.

Before the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, I took an extensive look into the state of Facebook’s platform and what I found was interesting—and terrifying. Three months…


#Soros mention network graph on Instagram. Nodes sized by outdegree, 25 Oct 2018

The Soros rumor ⊂⟑r⟑v⟑n: journey of a conspiracy seeded through @replies, comments, and an aliased op-ed to an election-impacting controversy on network television.


“The M.I.N.D.”, a hemisphere projection of my November 2016 large-scale political news network analysis.

The “era of accountability” for American tech has begun. Though unsettling, the spate of disclosures from Facebook, Google, and other technology companies has provided a much-needed win for public accountability. Not in the least, it has led to the establishment of tools that offer at least some degree of transparency…


That ain’t workin ‘, that’s the way you do it — data for nothin’ through the Graph API for free

Due to the number of questions, I’ve decided to outline the key points, privacy implications, and technical features related to Facebook’s Graph API. The Graph API is the underlying issue in the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing voter “micro-targeting” debacle. (This post is an expanded version of the Twitter thread linked below)


Welcome to 2018, a time when we clicked and swiped ourselves into a cultural dystopia for a few trillion views.

With the dust still settling from the Parkland, Florida high school shooting massacre, the information war carries on. The initial focus involved the NRA lobby, but a large-scale disinformation campaign has successfully shifted the debate to the use of “crisis actors” for student survivors.

This is the real fake news…


Information pollution through platform vandalism

I’m at a loss to understand how this could *still* be happening. The quality and reliability of Google’s search suggestions have actually devolved in the past year. …

Jonathan Albright

Professor and researcher in news, journalism, and #hashtags. Award-nominated data journalist. Media, communication, and technology.

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