Project blog

From Facebook to ‘fakebook’ – who controls the information on social media?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:24:23 +0000

Mark Zuckerberg finally said that Facebook plans to have a more effective control of misinformation, which is a sharp reversal in tone from the comment he made immediately after the US election that the “the idea that fake news on Facebook…influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” The fake news that circulated […]

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Field site profiles

This is an ambitious anthropological research project, and one that aims to be truly comparative in the sense of nine simultaneous ethnographies taking place in eight different countries around the world in order to grasp the implications of social networking sites and social media for mankind.

World map showing location of project fieldsites
Field site Lead researcher
Brazil Juliano Spyer
Chile Nell Haynes
China (North) Tom McDonald
China (South) Xinyuan Wang
India Shriram Venkatraman
Italy Razvan Nicolescu
Trinidad Jolynna Sinanan
Turkey Elisabetta Costa
United Kingdom Daniel Miller

World map image adapted from Wikimedia Commons.


European Research CouncilEuropean UnionUCL Department of Anthropology

Grant number: ERC Project 2011-AdG-295486 SocNet
Project title: Social Network Sites and Social Science