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  • Are outspoken social media users more polarized in their views on racial equality?

    Photo of communication professor Stewart Coles

    In a study of social media expression and the polarization of users’ views on the Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter movements, communication professor Stewart Coles found that people low in racial resentment who expressed themselves more frequently on these media were less supportive of BLM and marginally less supportive of ALM.

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  • Editor’s note: To contact Stewart Coles, email

    The paper “Social media expression and user predispositions: Applying the differential susceptibility to media effects model to the study of issue polarization” is available online or from the News Bureau

    DOI: 10.1177/20563051211052907