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The Nationalism of Facebook

The company has treated most of the planet with all the care of an invading imperial force.



COVID-19 in the Twitterverse, from epidemic to pandemic: information‚ sharing behavior and Twitter as an information carrier

Media Lab post-doc Miyoung Chong was selected as the recipient of the SIG Social Media Research Award for 2021 for her recently published paper. Read it here.


What If Regulating Facebook Fails?

It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next. Article by Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan. Image from Shutterstock.


What is at stake with Nikole Hannah-Jones being denied tenure

Unlike her white predecessors, Hannah-Jones will be offered a five-year term without tenure. Here’s why that matters. Opinion by Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan.

The Guardian

The New Nightmare Scenario for the Media

It’s worse than the old nightmare scenario. Opinion by Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan. 


Facebook is pretending it cares how its platform affects the world

The reality is that Trump used Facebook most effectively as an organizing and fundraising tool, not as a platform for ‘posting.’ Opinion by Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan. 

The Guardian

Podcast: The Poisoned Fruit of Facebook

Lab Director Siva Vaidhyanathan joins the podcast Tel Aviv Review to discuss the challenges Facebook poses for both society and democracy. Image from Shutterstock.

TLV1 - Tel Aviv Review

The Year Journalism Starts Paying Reparations

Lab faculty Meredith Clark on the idea of reparative journalism: “Reparative journalism is explicit in its commitment to doing the work of racial justice, and by extension — without apology — socia


PBS could help rebuild trust in US media

Columbia Journalism Review

Q&A: A closer look at social media's role in the GameStop stock surge

Media Lab faculty member Lana Swartz addresses the role of social media in the GameStop stock frenzy.

UVA Today

Making Sense of the Facebook Menace

Can the largest media platform in the world ever be made safe for democracy? By Siva Vaidhyanathan

The New Republic

Politics, not public good, will guide what we know about Trump’s health

That’s the lesson of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s serious heart attack - perspective by lab faculty member William I. Hitchcock. 

Washington Post

Is Facebook bad for democracy?

How the social media platform is poisoning politics around the world. Audio with Siva Vaidhyanathan. 

BBC News


There’s nothing like listening to a thought-provoking podcast, especially during the times we’re living in today.

UVA Today

“How Did We Get Here?” UVA Podcast Explores the Rise of Illiberalism

New podcast by the Deliberative Media Lab featured historian Will Hitchcock and lab director Siva Viadhyanathan as they explore the issues challenging Democracy worldwide. 

Inside A&S