Asserting the 2021 recipients of analysis awards in misinformation and polarization

In June 2021, Facebook launched the third Foundational Integrity Research (RFP) call on misinformation and polarization. Today we announce the winners of this award.

VIEW RFPT With this call we want to support the growth of scientific knowledge in the areas of misinformation, polarization, information quality and social conflicts on social media and social tech platforms. Our goal is also to contribute to a shared understanding by the broader scientific community and the technology industry on how social technology companies can better address social issues on their platforms.

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“Our collaboration with researchers from around the world is critical to improving our understanding of how technology affects people and society,” said Pratiti Raychoudhury, Head of Research at Facebook. “I am excited to help the academic community maintain scientific knowledge and build a community.”

The RFP attracted 446 high quality proposals from 288 universities and institutes around the world. We are pleased to announce below the 19 winning proposals, which cover research in 21 countries: Australia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a proposal and congratulations to the winners.

Research Award Winner

A media literacy intervention to debunk visual posts from context
Cindy Shen, Jingwen Zhang, Sijia Qian (University of California, Davis)

Blackout: Internet Control and Social Inclusion in West Papua, Indonesia
Veronika Kusumaryati, Cyprianus Jehan Paju Dale (Georgetown University)

Digital competence and social media UX of marginalized women / girls in Jordan
Karen Elizabeth Fisher, Ayat Nashwan (University of Washington)

Does WhatsApp increase polarization?
Avinash Collis (University of Texas at Austin)

Effects of digital restrictions on affective polarization in 6 countries
Yoshiko M. Herrera, Anton Shirikov, Mingcong Pan, Yiming Wang (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Fact Checkers Comparison: News Confidence and COVID-19 Information Quality
Andrea Carson, James Meese, Justin B. Phillips, Leah Ruppanner (La Trobe University)

Factory hatred: Social media and right-wing populism in Malaysia
Hew Wai Weng, Nicholas Chan, Wai Yeap (National University of Malaysia)

Measuring the impact of online disinformation in conflict areas
Brian McQuinn, Dorsa Nazemi-Salman, Laura Courchesne, Prof. Gordon Pennycook (University of Regina)

Measuring the influence of social influences on belief in misinformation
Dean Eckles, Jennifer Allen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Misinformation & Vigilance in India & Pakistan: Determinants & Solutions
Dr. Niloufer Siddiqui, Simon Chauchard, Sumitra Badrinathan (University of Albany)

News Diets & Citizenship: A Study Combining Web Tracking Data and Surveys
Juhi Kulshrestha, Denis Bonnay, Marcos Oliveira, Sebastian Stier (University of Konstanz)

Effects of indirect exposure to misinformation over time
Magdalena Wojcieszak, Chankyung (CK) Pak, Ericka Menchen-Trevino, Emma Hoes, Tomasz Gackowski (University of California, Davis)

Shutdown: Understanding the Social Media Space Shutdown in West Africa
Jonathan Fisher, Idayat Hassan, Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham)

Law Enforcement on Social Media in MENA: Criminalizing Content
Mai El-Sadany, Yasmin Omar (Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy)

Temporal dynamics of selective exposure and polarization
Eunji Kim, Jin Woo Kim (Vanderbilt University)

Testing of fact- and logic-based reactions to polarizing climate misinformation
John Cook, Sojung Kim (Monash University)

Understand the supply and demand for media subjectivity
Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao (University of Chicago)

Victim-related interventions to reduce extreme affective polarization
Rebecca Littman, Boaz Hameiri, Opeyemi Adeojo (Beyond Conflict)

Who is most susceptible to the persistent negative effects of misinformation?
Joseph W. Kable, Michael Cohen (University of Pennsylvania)

Visit the 2021 RFP aside with misinformation and polarization for more information such as admission requirements and areas of interest. To learn more about last year’s call on misinformation and polarization, as well as our previous investments in this area, read the 2020 Winner announcement blog.

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