The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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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Social media ‘bots’ tried to influence the U.S. election. Germany may be next.

Lisa-Maria Neudert was interviewed for this Science Magazine story on bots and the German election. Germany seemed a good place to try. The German parliament’s network was hacked in 2015—Russia is said to be the prime suspect—leading to worries that stolen emails might be published strategically to affect the election. (In France’s presidential election this…

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Confusion Before the German Election: What Influence Does Fake News Have?

We are collaborating with our colleagues at the SNV and Reporters Without Borders on a ComProp Research Briefing in Berlin.  On October 20th we will present our latest evidence from our investigations of junk news and highly automated accounts in the German election.  Please register for the event here.

How Do You Fix Someone Else’s Election?

Sam Woolley was interviewed on BBC radio to discuss the project’s research and the use of bots for election meddling. Smears, bots and bags of cash – we reveal some of the tricks used for fiddling elections around the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s security chiefs say Russian intelligence is actively trying to influence next month’s…

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