The Propagation of Misinformation in Social Media
The Propagation of Misinformation in Social Media
A Cross-platform Analysis
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1. “Serious queries” and “editorial epistemologies:” How social media are contending with misinformation – Richard Rogers
2. Problematic information in Google Web Search? Scrutinizing the results from U.S. election-related queries – Guillen Torres
3. The scale of Facebook’s problem depends upon how “fake news” is classified – Richard Rogers
4. When misinformation migrates: Cross-platform posting, YouTube and the deep vernacular web – Anthony Glyn Burton
5. Fringe players on political Twitter: Source-sharing dynamics, partisanship and problematic actors – Maarten Groen and Marloes Geboers
6. Twitter as accidental authority: How a platform assumed an adjudicative role during the COVID-19 pandemic – Emillie de Keulenaar, Ivan Kisjes, Rory Smith, Carina Albrecht and Eleonora Cappuccio
7. The earnest platform: Coverage of the U.S. presidential candidates, COVID-19 and social issues on Instagram – Sabine Niederer and Gabriele Colombo
8. A fringe mainstreamed, or tracing antagonistic slang between 4chan and Breitbart before and after Trump – Stijn Peeters, Tom Willaert, Marc Tuters, Katrien Beuls, Paul Van Eecke and Jeroen Van Soest
9. Political TikTok: Playful performance, ambivalent critique and event-commentary – Natalia Sánchez-Querubín, Shuaishuai Wang, Briar Dickey and Andrea Benedetti
Afterword: The misinformation problem and the deplatforming debates

Richard Rogers (ed.)

The Propagation of Misinformation in Social Media

A Cross-platform Analysis

There is growing awareness about how social media circulate extreme viewpoints and turn up the temperature of public debate. Posts that exhibit agitation garner disproportionate engagement. Within this clamour, fringe sources and viewpoints are mainstreaming, and mainstream media are marginalized. This book takes up the mainstreaming of the fringe and the marginalization of the mainstream. In a cross-platform analysis of Google Web Search, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, 4chan and TikTok, we found that hyperpartisan web operators, alternative influencers and ambivalent commentators are in ascendency. The book can be read as a form of platform criticism. It puts on display the current state of information online, noting how social media platforms have taken on the mantle of accidental authorities, privileging their own on-platform performers and at the same time adjudicating between claims of what is considered acceptable discourse.

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, PhD, is Professor of New Media and Digital Culture, Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, and Director of the Digital Methods Initiative. He is author of Information Politics on the Web and Digital Methods (both MIT Press) and Doing Digital Methods (SAGE).