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  • Ad Observer over collection incident report

    Tl;dr: The Ad Observer team discovered that a code formatting change by Facebook led to Ad Observer’s inadvertent collection of the top public comments on ~200 Facebook ads. None of these comments were seen by anyone other than NYU researchers. The researchers deleted all…

  • Testimony of Laura Edelson, NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy

    Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing on “The Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data” September 28, 2021 Good afternoon Chairman Foster, Ranking Member Obernolte, and the members of…

  • Understanding Engagement with (Mis)Information News Sources on Facebook

    Posts from misinformation news sources got six times more engagement than factual information in lead up to 2020 elections by Laura Edelson, Minh-Kha Nguyen, Ian Goldstein, Oana Goga, Tobias Lauinger, and Damon McCoy. This summary is based on an upcoming paper which has been…

  • ‘Inside Amazon’ Facebook ads surged after Teamsters union drive announced

    Ads focused on company’s minimum wage policy, a company talking point when facing criticism from lawmakers & critics A new analysis of Amazon corporate 2021 spending on Facebook political ads by NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy reveals patterns of strategic spending nationally as…

  • Researchers, NYU, Knight Institute Condemn Facebook’s Effort to Squelch Independent Research about…

    Researchers, NYU, Knight Institute Condemn Facebook’s Effort to Squelch Independent Research about Misinformation Say Facebook is moving to silence independent research into Facebook’s practices regarding political advertising, the spread of COVID 19 misinformation, and efforts…

  • Cybersecurity for Democracy

    Our theory of change for reducing online harms The NYU Cybersecurity for Democracy project is a research-based effort to expose online threats to our social fabric — and recommend how to counter them. Our focus is on systems, revealing the ways that online platforms leave…

  • Platforms: It’s time to show your work

    Platforms: it’s time to show your work Transparency for online advertising is essential for holding platforms accountable As a scientist, I’m judged not just by my analysis and findings: my work also must be reproducible by other researchers. They need access to the data and code…

  • The political ads Facebook won’t show you

    The 2020 elections may be over, but undisclosed content about U.S. political issues flourishes online Even as Michigan’s Democratic governor and a senator offer plans to create incentives for wind, solar, and other renewable sources, when individual wind farms are proposed in the…

  • When social trust is the attack

    How bad actors exploited social media algorithms to erode users’ confidence in democratic institutions On January 6th, 2021 an armed and angry mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Poll data gathered shortly after the insurrection indicated that millions of Americans believed that…

  • 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…

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