We help media platforms meet their public responsibilities

The Center for Social Media Responsibility addresses the negative effects of broad access to the means of public communication, while amplifying positive effects.
 
Broad access to public communication has had unintended consequences: harassment; a credibility vacuum; a race to the bottom in the competition for attention; a triumph of mobilization within echo chambers over persuasion across political fault lines.
 
Technologists at social media companies (product managers, designers, and engineers) are the day to day policy makers of today's social media landscape. The Center for Social Media Responsibility (CSMR) articulates principles and creates metrics and tools that empower technologists to set responsible policy.

The Iffy Quotient measures how well media platforms are doing at managing the flow of misinformation. Click here to interact with the Iffy Quotient dashboard.

New research on best practices and policies to reduce consumer harms from algorithmic bias

New research on best practices and policies to reduce consumer harms from algorithmic biasOn May 22, 2019, CSMR Director Paul Resnick was among the featured expert speakers at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, which hosted a discussion on algorithmic bias. This panel discussion related to the newly released Brookings paper on algorithmic bias […]

Catching Fake News

CSMR faculty and affiliates unpack the challenges of public media, along with solutions for consumers, producers, and platforms. Part of the U-M’s Dissonance event series.