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Elon Musk doesn’t understand free speech – or Twitter – at all

Lab director Siva Vaidhyanathan on the aquisition of Twitter by Elon Musk. Image from shutterstock.

The Guardian

There’s a Reason No Smart Buyer Already Purchased Twitter

Article by lab director Siva Vaidhyanathan. Image from shutterstock. 


The Modem World Release

Lab faculty Kevin Driscoll's new book is released by Yale University Press - The Modem World: A Prehistory of Social Media

Yale University Press

Technology of the Oppressed Released

Technology of the Oppressed: Inequality and the Digital Mundane in the Favelas of Brazil. New book by lab faculty David Nemer has been released by MIT Press. 

The MIT Press

The New Abnormal Podcast

Lab director Siva Vaidhyanthan joins this episode of The New Abnormal to discuss his show, Democracy in Danger.

The Daily Beast

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. 


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