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Weiai (Wayne)  Xu - University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst, MA, US

Weiai (Wayne) Xu Weiai (Wayne)  Xu

Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliated Faculty at Computational Social Science Institute | University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA, UNITED STATES

Wayne Xu studies what he calls the "three Ds" on internet platforms: discord, distrust, and dishonesty.

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Areas of Expertise (5)

Disinformation on social media plaforms

China’s Digital Public Diplomacy Operations during the COVID-19 Crisis.

Disinformation

Dishonesty on internet platforms

Computational communication

Biography

Wayne Xu's research on how radical political groups use Twitter and other social media platforms has been of particular interest to the media in 2021.

His study of the '3 Ds" on internet platforms: discord, distrust, and dishonesty looks at disinformation/misinformation, polarization, and propaganda. He uses computational methods to track the networked diffusion and mobilization of ideas and people on digital platforms.

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Education (3)

State University of New York at Buffalo: Ph.D., Communication

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee: M.A., Media Studies

Zhejiang University of Technology of China: B.A., Public Administration,

Press Coverage (2)

Local experts weigh-in on social media platforms temporarily banning Trump

WWLP-TV  tv

2021-01-07

"Professor Wayne Xu studies disinformation in digital spaces. He said while it’s easy to take down one account, it’s hard to change the perspective of an entire online community. 'As users migrate to these fringe platforms and [these fringe platforms] don’t adopt any content moderation and… Facebook and Twitter [do adopt content moderation], it’s just going to push more users to those non-mainstream platforms', he told 22News.a'

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New Studies Ask: Did Social Media Bias Favor Trump or Clinton?

Observer  online

2017-12-22

"Jayeon Lee and Weiai Xu dug deeper into the tone of [Trump's] tweets. They found more of them to communicate a negative overall message than a positive one, and that these were the ones that received more favorites or retweets, creating an echo chamber of adverse press. Lee and Xu revealed that Trump, in particular, was more effective at garnering attention for his tweets, especially those that went after Hillary Clinton or attacked the media for having a liberal bias."

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