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  • January 6 arrests and media coverage do not remobilize conservatives on social media. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Dahlke, R., Pan, J. 2024; 121 (23): e2401239121


    Social media's pivotal role in catalyzing social movements is widely acknowledged across scientific disciplines. Past research has predominantly explored social media's ability to instigate initial mobilization while leaving the question of its capacity to sustain these movements relatively uncharted. This study investigates the persistence of movement activity on Twitter and Gab following a substantial on-the-ground mobilization event catalyzed by social media-the StoptheSteal movement culminating in the January 6th Capitol attack. Our findings indicate that the online communities active in the January 6 mobilization did not display substantial remobilization in the subsequent year. These results highlight the fact that further exploration is needed to understand the factors shaping how and when movements are sustained by social media. In this regard, our study provides valuable insights for scientists across diverse disciplines, on how certain social media platforms may contribute to the evolving dynamics of collective action.

    View details for DOI 10.1073/pnas.2401239121

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  • Quantifying the Systematic Bias in the Accessibility and Inaccessibility of Web Scraping Content From URL-Logged Web-Browsing Digital Trace Data SOCIAL SCIENCE COMPUTER REVIEW Dahlke, R., Kumar, D., Durumeric, Z., Hancock, J. T. 2023
  • Surviving or thriving political defeat on social media: a temporal analysis of how electoral loss exacerbates the gender gap in political expression JOURNAL OF COMPUTER-MEDIATED COMMUNICATION Dahlke, R., Zhang, Y. 2023; 29 (1)
  • Exposure to untrustworthy websites in the 2020 US election. Nature human behaviour Moore, R. C., Dahlke, R., Hancock, J. T. 2023


    Research using large-scale data on individuals' internet use has provided vital information about the scope and nature of exposure to misinformation online. However, most prior work relies on data collected during the 2016 US election. Here we examine exposure to untrustworthy websites during the 2020 US election, using over 7.5 million website visits from 1,151 American adults. We find that 26.2% (95% confidence interval 22.5% to 29.8%) of Americans were exposed to untrustworthy websites in 2020, down from 44.3% (95% confidence interval 40.8% to 47.7%) in 2016. Older adults and conservatives continued to be the most exposed in 2020 as in 2016, albeit at lower rates. The role of online platforms in exposing people to untrustworthy websites changed, with Facebook playing a smaller role in 2020 than in 2016. Our findings do not minimize misinformation as a key social problem, but instead highlight important changes in its consumption, suggesting directions for future research and practice.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/s41562-023-01564-2

    View details for PubMedID 37055575

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