Open Ninth

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

The Weaponization of Social Media

Open Ninth Episode 139

Social media is a powerful tool. It brings loved ones together. It gathers support for meaningful causes. It also has the ability to spread mass misinformation and feed into an echo chamber of dangerous beliefs. Listen in as Chief Judge Lisa Munyon sits down with Peter Singer, a defense strategist and bestselling author on this topic, to talk about how a simple like has the ability to change war and politics.


  • 01:20 – What is weaponization
  • 04:41 – How social media is weaponized
  • 09:22 – Effects of weaponization
  • 13:44 – The role of social media companies
  • 28:39 – How weaponization evolves
  • 32:03 – Effects on the courts
  • 42:01 – Future of social media
  • 48:17 – Social media education
Open Ninth
Episode 139

Conversations Beyond the Courtroom.

Run time 1:01:15



In this episode

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon
Lisa T. Munyon

Chief Judge and Open Ninth host

Chief Judge Lisa T. Munyon has been a Judge with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for 18 years. She is the Ninth Circuit's first female Chief Judge.

Open Ninth Guest - Peter W. Singer
Peter W. Singer

Strategist, Author, and Senior Fellow at New America

Peter W. Singer is political scientist and New York Times bestselling author of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.