The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of the country? In this data memo we apply a tested…

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Russia weaponized Twitter to sway election

Sam Woolley appeared on CNN to discuss the project’s research and the possible influence of Russian bot accounts during the lead up to the 2016 US Presidential election. CNN’s Drew Griffin looks into how Russia used Twitter as a weapon in its propaganda campaign during the 2016 US election by using fake, pro-Trump accounts to influence voters….

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Congress is investigating how Twitter bots may have influenced the US election

Robert Gorwa spoke to Quartz about the Senate’s investigation into Twitter and bots during the 2016 US Presidential election. Twitter executives will be grilled tomorrow morning (Sept. 28) on Capitol Hill by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russia’s meddling in the US presidential election. The main focus of the questioning will…

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Warner sees Reddit as potential target for Russian influence

Samantha Bradshaw spoke to the Hill about the ongoing Senate Intelligence Committee investigations into various social networks. Experts who have studied Russia’s attempts to influence the election say that Warner is right to be interested in Reddit. They note that many fake news stories can be traced back to the platform, pointing to it as…

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This is what the social media behind Donald Trump and Ukip is doing for the German far-right

The project’s memo on the 2017 German election was featured in the Independent. Multiple analyses of the digital strategy employed by the AfD show it is using tactics that previously bolstered the online presence of right-wing political movements. One group examining the AfD on social media is the Computational Propaganda project at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII)….

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Germany Election So Far Unaffected by ‘Fake News’

The project’s research on the German federal election was featured by Snopes. Germans, like the French, are less susceptible to what has been broadly called “fake news” in the United States — a term that was coined to refer to waves of disinformation that littered social media in the months leading up to the November…

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Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

The project’s research into the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even than non-partisan discussion of the upcoming general election itself. The study by…

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Far right makes most noise on Twitter in German election

The project’s latest memo on the German federal election was featured in Reuters. The far right is making the most noise on Twitter during Germany’s election campaign, but far less fake news is being spread in Germany than the United States saw before the election that put Donald Trump in power, an Oxford University study…

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“Es gibt keine Smoking Gun”

Lisa-Maria Neudert was interviewed by Correctiv about the project’s research into the 2017 German federal election. Am Dienstag haben die Wissenschaftler ihre jüngste Studie veröffentlicht. „Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter”. Ergebnis: 1. Die AfD hat den höchsten Anteil am Tweets (30 Prozent), die sich um die…

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Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life 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 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find that (1) traffic about the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) accounts…

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