Misinfo weekly

Throughout our explorations and interviews with experts, we always ask the questions, “Why does this work? Why do people find this misinformation compelling?”

Episodes range from high-level conceptual conversations to more fine-grained data analysis and reporting.

Featured episodes

The New Twitter under Elon Musk

In this episode, we talk about some early trends and analyses of Twitter under Elon Musk, and we pay particular attention to trends in content moderation, user…

Plandemic 3: The School Board Edition

In this episode, we take a look at why a viral video from an Indiana school board meeting starring Dr. Dan Stock was so appealing to those opposing masking and vaccination…

Twitter is burning

Misinformation and issues of content moderation go hand in hand. And there are some lessons to be learned from the current Twitter debacle. We go over some key …

Meet the hosts

Michael Simeone

Associate Research Professor in the School for Complex Adaptive Systems at Arizona State University and the Director for Data Science and Analytics with the ASU Decision Theater. His research uses tools like natural language processing and network modeling to understand organizations, communications, and cultural trends. Simeone received his PhD in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Illinois Informatics Institute at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Shawn Walker

Assistant Professor of Social Data Science in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University. His research focuses on online mis/disinformation and online resistance circulating in social media during social movements, protests, and elections as well as the related challenges of collecting, analyzing, and preserving data from social media platforms. He also works in the area of computation social science, pairing machine learning techniques with qualitative methods to scale work to large datasets. He received his doctorate in Information Science from the University of Washington Information School. He is also a senior research fellow with the New America Foundation where his work has focused on the role of alt-right platforms such as Paler in the January 6th insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.