Influence of Social Media on Political Information Environment

This project seeks to understand how online social networks influence the political information environment of their users.  Through a combination of surveys and Facebook application data, this research is assessing how much information is shared over Facebook, how much of that information reflects a user’s pre-existing beliefs, how users perceive their information environments, and whether they report different attitudes and behaviors in relation to the information they receive and share.

This research is a collaboration with Sean Westwood at Stanford University.

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