The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

The project’s research into the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even than non-partisan discussion of the upcoming general election itself. The study by…

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Far right makes most noise on Twitter in German election

The project’s latest memo on the German federal election was featured in Reuters. The far right is making the most noise on Twitter during Germany’s election campaign, but far less fake news is being spread in Germany than the United States saw before the election that put Donald Trump in power, an Oxford University study…

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“Es gibt keine Smoking Gun”

Lisa-Maria Neudert was interviewed by Correctiv about the project’s research into the 2017 German federal election. Am Dienstag haben die Wissenschaftler ihre jüngste Studie veröffentlicht. „Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter”. Ergebnis: 1. Die AfD hat den höchsten Anteil am Tweets (30 Prozent), die sich um die…

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Social media ‘bots’ tried to influence the U.S. election. Germany may be next.

Lisa-Maria Neudert was interviewed for this Science Magazine story on bots and the German election. Germany seemed a good place to try. The German parliament’s network was hacked in 2015—Russia is said to be the prime suspect—leading to worries that stolen emails might be published strategically to affect the election. (In France’s presidential election this…

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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

Project member 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…

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Decades Later, Governments Still Wary of Social Media

Project member Gillian Bolsover contributed to this story published by the Voice of America. When the dust settled, Iran published social media photos of protesters on a pro-Ahmadinejad website and circled their faces in red “in an attempt to identify individuals who participated in the protests,” said researcher Gillian Bolsover of the Oxford Internet Institute at the…

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What Facebook Knows

The project’s research and writing was discussed in Vice News. To answer these questions conclusively, academic researchers have said that Facebook could very easily clear the air by releasing more of its data. But just as the company keeps its algorithm under wraps, the company has thus far declined to share broad data about the…

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Digging up facts about fake news: The Computational Propaganda Project

Our project work was covered by the OECD. The phenomenon of junk news and its dissemination over social media platforms have transformed (some say destroyed) political debates. The combination of automation and propaganda, also called computational propaganda, can shape public opinion. The trouble is, how can we tell the difference between fake facts and real…

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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.

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