Social media has become a key feature in politics and communication and will likely play a significant role in the 2020 US election. The Trump administration has threatened sanctions against social media sites TikTok and WeChat, a move which may have an important effect on the 2020 campaign. Doug Becker speaks to Glenn W. Richardson Jr. and Jennifer Petersen about the role of social media in politics. 

Glenn W. Richardson Jr. is a Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in social media in politics and is the author of Pulp Politics: How Political Advertising Tells the Stories of American Politics.

Jennifer Petersen is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California. She is an expert on the connections between media, technology, law, and affect.

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