The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Digital Mudslingers (in German)

Automatische Bots verzerren politische Diskussionen in sozialen Netzwerken und können Wahlen beeinflussen. Die Kanzlerin hält sie für gefährlich, die AfD will sie einsetzen. Read more in Spiegel Online.

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

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 debate, finding that — among other things — Donald Trump benefited disproportionately. Wednesday, he…

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Social Media Bots During the Elections

Our Director of Research Sam Woolley recently appeared on Seattle’s Q13 television channel to discuss the potential effect of bots on the US election. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1kT4Agxn3Q    

Donald Trump support during presidential debate was inflated by bots, professor says

Many of the Twitter users supporting Donald Trump after the presidential debates were bots, according to a new analysis. More than four times as many tweets came from automated accounts that supported Mr Trump than they did backing Hillary Clinton, according to Philip Howard from the University of Oxford. Read more in The Independent. 

A third of pro-Trump tweets are generated by bots

University researchers who track political activity on Twitter have found that traffic on pro-Trump hashtags was twice as high as pro-Clinton hashtags during the first presidential debate. But the team of academics, led by Oxford University professor Philip Howard, also found that 33% of pro-Trump traffic was driven by bots and highly automated accounts, compared…

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Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Second U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential debate. In this brief analysis we find that (1) Twitter traffic on pro-Trump hashtags…

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US election: experts fear Twitter bots could spread lies and sway voters

Few would disagree that Donald Trump’s supporters are enthusiastic on Twitter. And during the first US presidential debate against rival Hillary Clinton, it was no different. Millions of tweets were sent out by people commentating on the heated head-to-head. But a new study has found that a fair few of the pro-Trump tweets could have…

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Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’

More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study says. The bots exaggerated support for the Republican, it suggests, but Trump would still have won a higher number of supportive tweets even if…

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Donald Trump Twitter Bot Announces Candidacy For President

Donald Trump’s use of fourth grade-level language may be a powerful rhetorical tool, but his linguistic austerity has opened him up to a modern form of mockery: the Twitter bot. Brad Hayes, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), created the DeepDrumpf Trump Twitter bot earlier this year by training it…

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Bots and Automation over Twitter during the First U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential debate. In this brief analysis we find that (1) Twitter traffic on pro-Trump hashtags…

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