The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Facebook has so much more to tell us

Phil Howard and Bence Kollanyi wrote an opinion article for the Washington Post, discussing how Facebook could share more data about political advertising and targeting with the public. Facebook and Twitter have taken the important step of handing over thousands of ads to Congress that were bought and circulated by Russian strategists to influence our…

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Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news

Phil Howard and Bence Kollanyi wrote an opinion article for the Guardian, discussing the project’s latest research and how social media companies could “design for deliberation.” Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to share evidence of how their platforms are used and abused during elections. They have developed interesting new initiatives to…

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Fake news rife on Twitter during election week, study from Oxford says

The project’s recent research on polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered on CNN. Samantha Bradshaw appeared on CNN’s morning show to discuss. “Polarizing and conspiratorial junk news” was as prevalent on Twitter as news from legitimate outlets in the days immediately before and after the US presidential…

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Propaganda flowed heavily into battleground states around election, study says

The project’s latest research into polarizing information shared in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered in the Washington Post. Propaganda and other forms of “junk news” on Twitter flowed more heavily in a dozen battleground states than in the nation overall in the days immediately before and after the 2016 presidential…

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Fake News on Twitter Flooded Swing States That Helped Trump Win

The project’s latest research on politicized information and the 2016 US election was covered in Mother Jones. Millions of tweets were flying furiously in the final days leading up to the 2016 US presidential election. And in closely fought battleground states that would prove key to Donald Trump’s victory, they were more likely than elsewhere in…

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Twitter users spreading fake news targeted swing states in the run-up to Election Day

The project’s research on how polarizing information was distributed across Twitter in the lead up to the 2016 US election was covered in Business Insider. A new study conducted by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project found that “low quality political information” and “ideologically extreme” junk news flooded 12 battleground states in the run-up to US…

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“Fake news” tweets targeted to swing states in election, researchers find

The project’s latest research on information circulated on Twitter in the lead up to the 2016 Election was covered in McClatchy. Voters in 11 swing states in last year’s presidential race, including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, received more fake, junk and hyper-partisan information over Twitter than reliable, professionally produced news in the 10 days before the…

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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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