VISION & MISSION
Social media sites are often blamed for contributing to political polarization because they encourage people to segregate themselves from those with opposing political views. Yet in a recent landmark study, the Duke Polarization Lab discovered that exposing social media users to opposing political views makes political divisions even worse.
Our team of social scientists, computer scientists, and statisticians believes this is because of deep design mistakes at the heart of social media.
We are building a new social media platform for public discussion of politics that is informed by the latest advances in social psychology, political science, and machine learning.
In the first stage of our work, we are using this platform to conduct research that will help us connect Republicans and Democrats so that they can have more productive political debates.
We are currently seeking funding for the second stage.
In this stage, we will release a public version of our platform that will implement the matching and incentive strategies we identified in our research.