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On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog – or a Fake Russian Twitter Account

Many legacy media outlets played an unwitting role in the growth of the four most successful fake Twitter accounts hosted by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) that were created to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study led by a University at Buffalo communication researcher. In roughly two years […]

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UB study finds no apparent link between undocumented immigration and crime

BUFFALO, N.Y. October 5, 2020 – An analysis by a University at Buffalo-led team using two estimates of undocumented immigration suggests that, on average, this population reduced or had no effect on crime in 154 U.S. metropolitan areas studied, including places such as New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. “Even after estimating the undocumented […]

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Fake Russian Twitter accounts politicized discourse about vaccines

BUFFALO, N.Y. March 31, 2020 – Activity from phony Twitter accounts established by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) between 2015 and 2017 may have contributed to politicizing Americans’ position on the nature and efficacy of vaccines, a health care topic which has not historically fallen along party lines, according to new research published in […]

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Study: US-born employees miss out on wage growth opportunities when there are anti-immigrant policies

BUFFALO, N.Y. April 10, 2017  – Diverse immigrant populations do more than enrich a city’s cultural fabric. According to geographers from the University at Buffalo and Southampton University, they also boost wages. “What we found was remarkable. In cities that are unwelcoming to immigrants, as diversity rises, people’s wages either don’t change, or they go […]

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Study: Four decades of evidence finds no link between immigration and increased crime

BUFFALO, NY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Political discussions about immigrants often include the claim that there is a relationship between immigration patterns and increased crime. However, results of a University at Buffalo-led study find no links between the two. In fact, immigration actually appears to be linked to reductions in some types of crimes, according […]