The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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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Social media ‘bots’ from Russia distorting global politics: study

Our recent case study series was covered in a Yahoo story, with a focus on the Russia report written by Sergey Sanovich: In Russia, the researchers said they found 45 percent of the political conversation is dominated by “highly automated accounts.” While Twitter was an effective tool for pro-democracy activists during the Arab Spring movements…

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Labour dominating Twitter discussions, researchers say

Our second UK Election memo was featured in the Guardian. Content about Labour is dominating Twitter in the run-up to the general election, according to a new study from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute. The researchers, who have been tracking the changes in activity over time, looked at traffic on Twitter over the final…

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Brexit bots and the UK election

Our second UK General Election memo was covered by the FT. Some of the automated Twitter accounts, or ‘bots’, that were among the most prolific during the UK’s EU referendum campaign have turned their attention to the UK general election, tweeting with increased frequency about Ukip and Labour. Read the rest in the Financial Times.  

Junk news and democracy

Monica Kaminska appeared on the BBC to discuss the project’s research into the 2017 UK Election. Researchers at Oxford University have found that the quality of news available to British voters on Twitter is superior to that available to Americans ahead of the election of Donald Trump as president. The Oxford Internet Institute has also discovered…

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One in eight Twitter election shares ‘link to junk news’

Our project work was covered by the BBC. One in eight political stories shared on Twitter in the run-up to the general election is from a “junk news source”, research suggests. UK users shared one link from automated bot accounts promoting “junk” information for every four links to professionally produced news, according to the Oxford…

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