Conclusion: The challenges and opportunities for social media research

Nathaniel Persily, Joshua A. Tucker

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    Responding to an environment of panic surrounding social media's effect on democracy, regulators and other political actors are rushing to fill the policy void with proposals based on anecdote and folk wisdom emerging from whatever is the most recent scandal. The need for real-time production of rigorous, policy-relevant scientific research on the effects of new technology on political communication has never been more urgent. This book represents a clarion call for making social media data available for research, with results concomitantly released in the public domain, even while recognizing the importance of privacy and the business interests of the firms. We hope this concluding chapter, as well as the entire volume, can be helpful in providing a path to do so.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationSocial Media and Democracy
    Subtitle of host publicationThe State of the Field, Prospects for Reform
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781108890960
    ISBN (Print)9781108835558
    StatePublished - Sep 3 2020


    • Academic research
    • Data
    • Datasets
    • Democracy
    • Policy
    • Political communication
    • Privacy
    • Research
    • Scientific research
    • Social media
    • Technology

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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