The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Can Social Media be Fixed?

Samantha Bradshaw appeared on BBC radio to discuss one of the hottest questions of the moment: ‘Can Social Media be Fixed’? Political manipulation and fake news have shaken trust in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to make 2018 the year of big changes on the social media giant….

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IRL Podcast: Bot Or Not

Lisa-Maria Neudert and Tim Hwang appeared on an episode of Mozilla’s ‘IRL Podcast’ to discuss the use of bots in politics. From politics to poetry, bots are playing an increasingly visible role in culture. Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media bots with Lauren Kunze and Jenn Schiffer. Butter.ai’s Jack Hirsch talks about what…

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Social media companies could face big fines in Germany if they don’t remove hate speech

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke with Public Radio International about the German NetzDG hate speech law. “When we’re addressing issues of [fake news] and computational propaganda, a lot of the time that narrative is that we cannot regulate social media companies and we [that we] cannot put social media companies in a position where they are accountable,”…

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Moscow Reacts To US-Russia Probe Arrests

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke to the BBC for a radio episode discussing Russian involvement in the 2016 US election. The Kremlin says the investigation into last year’s US presidential election has nothing to do with Russia, but that Moscow is following the proceedings intently. Also in the programme: Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen content…

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Fake news rife on Twitter during election week, study from Oxford says

The project’s recent research on polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered on CNN. Samantha Bradshaw appeared on CNN’s morning show to discuss. “Polarizing and conspiratorial junk news” was as prevalent on Twitter as news from legitimate outlets in the days immediately before and after the US presidential…

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Russia weaponized Twitter to sway election

Sam Woolley appeared on CNN to discuss the project’s research and the possible influence of Russian bot accounts during the lead up to the 2016 US Presidential election. CNN’s Drew Griffin looks into how Russia used Twitter as a weapon in its propaganda campaign during the 2016 US election by using fake, pro-Trump accounts to influence voters….

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How Do You Fix Someone Else’s Election?

Sam Woolley was interviewed on BBC radio to discuss the project’s research and the use of bots for election meddling. Smears, bots and bags of cash – we reveal some of the tricks used for fiddling elections around the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s security chiefs say Russian intelligence is actively trying to influence next month’s…

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Fake News Bots Are Here

Sam Woolley was interviewed about bots and the 2016 US Election on NPR. How do you judge public opinion on any given issue? What others are thinking? Paying attention to? If social media play into your read, watch out. When it comes to politics in particular, social media can be overrun with, twisted by, bots….

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We the…Bots & Trolls

Project member Nick Monaco was interviewed on PBS about his Taiwanese case study. Find the full video here.

Phil Howard on Danish Television

Project PI Phil Howard appeared on DR, the Danish TV station, to discuss some of the project’s latest research. The full episode is available here [interview begins in the second half of the programme].    

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