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Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, September 28, 2021   [open pdf - 26MB]

This is the September 28, 2021 hearing on "The Disinformation Black Box: Researching Social Media Data," held before the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Bill Foster: "For years experts have been raising the alarm about how misinformation and disinformation spreads unabated on social media platforms. Long before 'fake news' was an epithet aimed at influencing--anything conflicting with someone's own worldview, it described falsehoods presented maliciously as fact in order to influence opinions. The problem of misinformation is not a new one, but social media has fanned the flames, and it is now difficult to imagine political and social discourse untouched by its influence. The damage caused by misinformation reaches far beyond our phone and computer screens. Lies on social media have spawned riots and ethnic cleansing, and thousands of deaths around the world, and lies about the 2020 election inspired thousands to invade our Capitol on July--on January 6 in an attempt to disrupt our Constitution, and stop the certification of valid election results, resulting in five deaths. Lies about the severity of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] prevented millions of Americans from taking the disease seriously, resulting in needless infections and needless deaths. Vaccine disinformation is discouraging Americans from receiving safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, extending the pandemic, and allowing new variants to proliferate." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Alan Mislove, Laura Edelson, and Kevin Leicht.

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Serial No. 117-31
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2022
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Public Domain
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U.S. Government Publishing Office: https://www.gpo.gov/
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