Wed, May 06 | Yakima Valley Museum

Hacking Democracy: What Social Media is Doing to US Politics

Social media can be used to be psychologically manipulate voters in unprecedented ways, beyond the fact-checking and scrutiny of the news media spotlight.
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Hacking Democracy: What Social Media is Doing to US Politics

Time & Location

May 06, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902, USA

About The Event

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram—some of which did not even exist a decade ago—are playing an increasingly central role in politicians’ efforts to get elected. What does this mean for the American voter?

Join political scientist Travis Ridout to explore the pros and cons of social media in political campaigns. While social media use gives citizens access to a wealth of information, it also exposes them to messages that are carefully tailored and targeted in a highly sophisticated manner. Presented in partnership with the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

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