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Desmond Upton Patton is an Associate Professor of Social Work, member of the Data Science Institute and holds a courtesy appointment in Sociology at Columbia University.

Dr. Patton directs the SAFElab, an interdisciplinary research group composed of community members, social workers, and data scientists who use computational and qualitative methods to detect and predict pathways to aggression on social media.


Thursday, Oct 19, 2017

How Facebook Tries to Regulate Postings Made by Two Billion People

Berkman Klein Center hosts a day of conversation about reducing harmful speech online and hears from the Facebook executive in charge of platform moderation policies

The Berkman Klein Center community explores broader research questions and topics related to the challenges of keeping tabs on the daily social media interactions of hundreds of… More


Voice of America

VR Project Highlights Social Media Policing

Police gather on social media in order to prevent and investigate criminal activity. But the clues found within aren't always conclusive

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018