The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter

Our recent case study series was covered in The Washington Post: Bots airing pro-Kremlin views have flooded the Russian-language portion of the social media platform Twitter, in what researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute say is an effort to scuttle political discussion and opposition coordination in Russia.  In a new study of “political bots” on…

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Twitter and Facebook have become ‘vessels of propaganda and manipulation’

Our recent case study series was profiled in Wired: A study from the Oxford Internet Institute warns that social networks have to do more to stymie the tide of fake news, which damages our democracies. … The researchers looked at content manipulation in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States,…

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Trolle w polskim internecie. Najczęściej fałszywki wypuszcza prawica

The project’s recent work on Poland was covered in the major Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza: Gorwa zwraca uwagę, że choć zjawisko trollingu jest w polskiej sieci powszechne – zwłaszcza na Twitterze i Facebooku, na kontach polityków, partii oraz wpływowych dziennikarzy – to nie wiadomo było do tej pory, jakie są jego źródła. Według niego za fałszywymi…

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Wojny trolli. Jak polityczną debatą w polskiej sieci zaczęli rządzić ludzie, których nie ma

The project’s case study series and Poland case study were covered in the major Polish online news outlet, Gazeta.pl: Problem w tym, że niezwykle trudno jest udowodnić konkretnym podmiotom i osobom, że zajmują się tworzeniem fałszywych kont bądź sianiem propagandy – szczególnie, gdy człowiek lub ludzie stojący za armią trolli czy botów siedzą sobie bezpiecznie…

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Robôs e ‘ciborgues’ estão influenciando a opinião pública, inclusive no Brasil

Our project work and Brazil case study was covered in the major Brazilian newspaper O Globo: Sites e blogs publicam boatos e notícias falsas, que são replicadas automaticamente por exércitos de robôs e influenciam o que você, internauta, recebe em suas redes sociais. Esse mecanismo, conhecido como propaganda computacional, pode impulsionar a carreira de um…

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Brexit: Pro-Leave Twitter Bots Played ‘Small But Strategic Role’ in EU Referendum Result, Says Oxford Study

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Independent: According to the University of Oxford study, social media sites need to redesign themselves in order to regain trust. “For democracies, we should assume that encouraging people to vote is a good thing. Promoting political news and information from reputable outlets is…

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Social media is a very good way to spread bot-driven propaganda: report

Our recent case study series was covered in Salon: The University of Oxford has released a series of studies called the “Computational Propaganda Research Project.” These document the extent to which social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are being manipulated to promote political propaganda. “During the 2016 campaign, a bipartisan range of domestic and international political…

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Political bots are poisoning democracy – so, off with their heads

Our case study series was covered in an article published in the Conversation: Propaganda bots posing as people are increasingly being used on social media to sway public opinion around the world. So says new research from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, which found automated accounts and other forms of social media propaganda are…

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Russia-linked ‘computational propaganda’ campaigns seen distorting public opinion worldwide

The recent project case study series was covered in the Japan Times: The Oxford University team presented research in Washington on the use of automated programs, or “bots,” on social media aimed at influencing politics in nine countries, including the United States. “Computational propaganda is one of the most powerful new tools against democracy,” said…

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Twitter und Facebook müssen mehr gegen politische Propaganda unternehmen

Our case study series and the project’s German case study were discussed in an article for the German publication Heise Online:    Die sozialen Netzwerke Twitter und Facebook werden in diversen Ländern massiv dafür genutzt, die öffentliche Meinung zu manipulieren. Sie sollten mehr dafür sorgen, den politischen Einfluss einzudämmen, fordert das Projekt Computational Propaganda Research…

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