Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Yuhong Liu


Misinformation has become a pervasive issue on online social media. Whether it is spread purposefully with ill intent or accidentally through ignorance, misinformation can be dangerous and create confusion in those who are affected by it. The investigation presented in this paper found that no research has been performed that directly examine the correlation between a social community’s misinformation resistance and diversity. This project utilizes CrowdTangle, a tool to gather data from Facebook groups, along with machine learning models to determine if this correlation can be drawn. We were able to find correlations between some diversity metrics with misinformation resistance and discuss potential rationales for such correlations.