The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Sur Twitter, les Français moins accro aux “fake news” que les Américains durant la campagne

Our research on the French election was covered by France 24. Ceux qui craignaient un déferlement à l’américaine de “fake news” (fausses informations) pendant la campagne pour l’élection présidentielle française peuvent se rassurer. Il n’a pas eu lieu. Les internautes français ont moins partagé les fausses rumeurs que les Américains, du moins sur Twitter, d’après…

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Could Fake News Alter the Outcome of the French Election?

Our research on the French election was covered by NBC News. Ahead of the French election, voters are seeing fake news propagated by bots, spammers, and foreign operatives – but it’s still far less than Americans were exposed to during the 2016 presidential election. Just over 4 percent of political links about the French election…

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France has a fake news problem, but it’s not as bad as the US

Our research on the French election was covered by The Verge. Fake news has been spreading on Twitter ahead of France’s presidential election, according to a new study from Oxford University, though French users are generally sharing more high-quality information than Americans did ahead of the US election. The study’s findings, together with a separate…

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Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election

Our research into the French election was covered by Reuters. French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country’s presidential election, though the onslaught of “junk news” is not as severe as that during last year’s U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.The study to…

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Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election (Round I)

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the French Presidential…

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Fake News is Widely Shared as the Real Thing

Our research into the 2016 US election was covered by the Financial Times. Nearly a quarter of web content shared on Twitter by users in the battleground state of Michigan during the final days of last year’s US election campaign was so-called fake news, according to a University of Oxford study. Researchers at the Oxford…

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Junk News and Bots during the German Federal Presidency Election: What Were German Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the German Federal Presidency…

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Junk News and Bots during the U.S. Election: What Were Michigan Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected data on automation and junk news using major hashtags related to politics in the state of Michigan in…

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How fake news becomes a popular, trending topic

Our project was featured in a 60 Minutes investigation of ‘fake news’ and disinformation. Phil Howard leads the Internet Institute at the University of Oxford which examines misinformation on social media. They’ve analyzed web traffic in the days before the election in the swing state of Michigan. Scott Pelley: How much of this news on…

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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Our project work was covered in the Guardian. The war of the bots is one of the wilder and weirder aspects of the elections of 2016. At the Oxford Internet Institute’s Unit for Computational Propaganda, its director, Phil Howard, and director of research, Sam Woolley, show me all the ways public opinion can be massaged…

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