I see the potential for social media to drive positive, inclusive, democratic change offline. However, toxicity in social media threatens that potential by making participation dangerous and costly for many people. My research answers the question, “How, when, and in what forms does social media enhance socio-political goals?” In the next two years, my group will study political communication (especially political extremism) in social media, develop computational techniques to facilitate human content moderation efforts, and design social media data archives.

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