We investigated how representations of the Syrian Refugee Crisis (2011-2021) differ across US partisan news outlets. We analyzed 47,388 articles from the online US media about the Crisis to detail differences in reporting between left- and right-leaning media. We used several natural language processing techniques to quantify differences in representations across partisan outlets and time.
The tsunami of lies and conspiracy theories that led to the January 6 attack on the Capitol and the increased visibility of hatred and extremism on social media has led many in the US to question the wisdom of American free speech exceptionalism.
Intellectual Property law has been in tension with freedom of expression on the Internet for the past few decades. Social media platforms have since played a key role in balancing this conflict through their policies and enforcement mechanisms, and in turn determined how users experience the internet. As platforms face new challenges in content moderation, such as algorithmic curation, misinformation, and global speech norms, we are faced with legal and policy questions beyond the scope of IP laws.