The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

How pro-Trump Twitter bots are still manipulating the 2016 conversation

Our research on the 2016 US election was covered in the Daily Dot. According to a recent study released by a trio of researchers at Hungary’s Corvinus University, Oxford University in the U.K, and the University of Washington in Washington state, hashtags relating to the last general election presidential debate were flooded with tweets from Twitter bots—automated…

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That pro-Trump Tweet that Made Your Blood Boil? It Probably Came From a Bot

Our research into the 2016 US election was covered by McClatchy. Researchers say highly automated social media engines are working for both major presidential candidates, posing as real people when they are actually just machines. Often, it is difficult to discern who is behind the most diabolical of the social media messages. “It might not…

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Cracking the Stealth Political Influence of Bots

The project’s research was covered on PBS. Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists…

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Pro-Clinton Bots ‘Fought Back but Outnumbered in Second Debate’

The project’s research into the 2016 US election was covered in the BBC. Web robots dedicated to posting pro-Hillary Clinton tweets appear to have become more vocal in the second US presidential debate, says a study. But it adds that pro-Donald Trump bots saw an even bigger gain in activity, giving the Republican a potential…

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As Artificial Intelligence Evolves, So Does Its Criminal Potential

  The project’s research was covered in The New York Times. This can already be seen in efforts by state governments and political campaigns who are using chatbot technology widely for political propaganda. Researchers have coined the term “computational propaganda” to describe the explosion of deceptive social media campaigns on services like Facebook and Twitter….

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Bot Tweets Influencing U.S. Election

The project’s research was covered in this CBC news story on the US election. Automated accounts are sending out tweets that could amplify and distort the U.S. election noise. See the full segment here.

Partisan Twitter bots distorting U.S. presidential candidates’ popularity

The project’s research on the 2016 US election was featured in the CBC. What sort of volume is out there? It’s — pardon the phrase — huge. And it’s especially huge in favour of Donald Trump. Philip Howard, a professor of internet studies at Oxford University’s Internet Institute, estimates that fully a third of all…

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Digital Mudslingers (in German)

The project’s research into the 2016 US election was covered in Der Speigel. Automatische Bots verzerren politische Diskussionen in sozialen Netzwerken und können Wahlen beeinflussen. Die Kanzlerin hält sie für gefährlich, die AfD will sie einsetzen. Read the full article here (in German).

One in four debate tweets comes from a bot. Here’s how to spot them.

The project’s research into the US presidential election was featured in the Washington Post. Philip Howard has a fancy name for partisan election bots. He calls them “computational propaganda” — and lately, he sees them a lot. On Oct. 14, the Oxford University professor released a paper dissecting bot activity after the first American presidential…

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Q13 TV: Social Media Bots During the Elections

Our Director of Research Sam Woolley appeared on Seattle’s Q13 television channel to discuss the potential effect of bots on the US election.    

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