The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

How Bots Win Friends and Influence People

Project PI Phil Howard was interviewed for a short article in IEEE Spectrum. Every now and then sociologist Phil Howard writes messages to social media accounts accusing them of being bots. It’s like a Turing test of the state of online political propaganda. “Once in a while a human will come out and say, ‘I’m not a…

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Die Stimmungskanonen

Our project research was featured in a story published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Die University of Oxford unterhält darum seit einiger Zeit das Computational Propaganda Research Project, das unter anderem für Deutschland und die Bundestagswahl festhält, dass zwar alle im Bundestag vertretenen Parteien den Botnetzen abschwören und geloben, sie nicht einsetzen zu wollen, dass aber Angela…

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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].    

Germany’s anti-fake news lab yields mixed results

The project’s research was mentioned in a POLITICO story on Germany’s ‘fake-news’ regulation. A new report by the University of Oxford investigated what German fact-checkers may be up against, finding that “the majority of the misinformation pages identified were politically right, and xenophobic, nationalist, pro-Pegida, pro-AfD and Islamophobic content was common.” While in the U.S. the debate has frequently…

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Our recent research was covered in The Register, a leading technology news site: The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is “one of the most powerful tools against democracy”, top academics have warned. A team led by professors at the Oxford Internet Institute analysed tens of millions of posts on seven social…

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Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Guardian: Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign…

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Bots used to bias online political chats

Our project case study series was covered in the BBC: If you’ve been chatting about politics on social media recently, there’s a good chance you’ve been part of a conversation that was manipulated by bots, researchers say. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) has studied such discussions related to nine places – US, Russia, Ukraine, Germany,…

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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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