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Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement

Abstract Increasingly, social media platforms have become tools for manipulating public opinion during elections. Political actors make use of technological proxies in the form of proprietary algorithms and semi-automated social actors—political bots—in subtle at tempts to manipulate public opinion. Through the ERC COMPROP Consolidator award, ...

2018-02-16T21:47:12+00:00 February 16th, 2018|In the News|

Coverage: Polarization, Partisanship, and Junk News

The latest data memo by Vidya Narayanan, Vlad Barash, John Kelly, Bence Kollanyi, Lisa-Maria Neudert, and Phil Howard received extensive international coverage, including: The Guardian Washington Post Financial Times Newsweek McClatchy Mother Jones The Independent Toronto Star The Week Huffington Post Psychology Today   It also kicked ...

2018-02-15T09:52:50+00:00 February 11th, 2018|In the News|

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 ...

2018-01-23T16:17:13+00:00 January 11th, 2018|In the News, Radio & Television|

Did Russia Meddle in Brexit? A Social Media Study Casts Doubt

The project's latest memo on Russian involvement in Brexit was covered in the New York Times. An academic study set to be released on Tuesday casts doubt on speculation that Russia might have exploited social media to try to influence Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European ...

2018-01-23T16:14:20+00:00 December 21st, 2017|In the News|

‘Little evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit vote through social media, study finds

The project's latest memo on Brexit was covered by Yahoo News. The Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, says that, despite the Kremlin exploiting Twitter and Facebook during the 2016 US election, it is not clear it meddled in the EU Referendum. MPs asked social media companies for details after ...

2018-01-23T16:12:15+00:00 December 19th, 2017|In the News|