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Far right news sources on Facebook more engaging

Far-right news sources on Facebook more engaging Unlike other news across the political spectrum, no “misinformation penalty” for far-right pages by Laura Edelson, Minh-Kha Nguyen, Ian Goldstein, Oana Goga, Tobias Lauinger, and Damon McCoy. Facebook has become a major way people…

Past posts from Online Political Transparency Project

We are now Cybersecurity for Democracy Before 2021, our project was known as Online Political Transparency Project. Here are links to posts from our former site on Medium. Publishing Facebook ad data (redux), by Laura Edelson, published November 13, 2020. “Independently collected…

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