Social Media

Tech’s role in Russia’s war on Ukraine

Media scholar Courtney Radsch says tech platforms should have been faster to address Russian government propaganda, misinformation, and censorship.

Alina Ladyzhensky

Combating health misinformation

A new article from Penn Nursing explains how unreliable and false health information accelerated during the pandemic, and how social media platforms amplified the problem.

From Penn Nursing News

How social media firms moderate their content

Wharton marketing professors Pinar Yildirim and Z. John Zhang, and Wharton doctoral candidate Yi Liu show how a social media firm’s content moderation strategy is influenced mostly by its revenue model.

From Knowledge at Wharton

What can be done to prevent and resist image-based abuse?

A virtual symposium held by Annenberg’s Center for Media at Risk and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative brought together experts from around the world to analyze the abuse commonly referred to as “revenge porn.”

From Annenberg School for Communication

What big data reveals about online extremism

Homa Hosseinmardi and her colleagues at Penn’s Computational Social Science Lab studied browsing data from 300,000 Americans to gain insights into how online radicalization occurs, and to help develop solutions.

From Annenberg School for Communication

In the News

U.S. News

Week off social media boosts mental health: Study

Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts & Sciences says that staying off social media is not the answer to internet addiction; it’s learning how to use these sites in healthy ways.


The New York Times

Selling Twitter to Elon Musk is good for investors. What about the public? 

Jill Fisch of the Law School is quoted on the discretion but not the obligation of corporations to consider the interests of people other than investors.


The Wall Street Journal

Social media offers a trove of information for medical researchers  

Graciela Gonzalez-Hernandez and Ashish Thakrar of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss some of the benefits of using social-media data in studies related to patient care and outcomes.


The New York Times

‘Kony 2012,’ 10 years later

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School said the film “Kony 2012” went viral because it tapped into basic human motivations through storytelling, social currency, and emotion.


The Guardian

‘Bot holiday’: COVID disinformation down as social media pivot to Ukraine

Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences said the content disseminated by Russian troll farms shifts depending on Russian officials’ priorities. “They’ve had tremendous success with social media platforms,” Orenstein said. “They play a pretty substantial role, and they do shift people’s perception about what opinion is.”



Facebook researchers find its apps can make us lonelier

Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts & Sciences agreed with Facebook’s 2018 findings about the benefits of limiting social media usage. Young people who logged in for an hour or less per day “seem to have the highest levels of well-being and connectedness and are less lonely” than those who use social media much more or not at all, she said.