The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Tinder nightmares: the promise and peril of political bots

Project members Robert Gorwa and Doug Guilbeault published an article in Wired about the recent use of Tinder bots to target young swing voters in the lead up to the UK’s General Election. In the days leading up to the UK’s general election, youths looking for love online encountered a whole new kind of Tinder…

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Cyber Populism & Cyber Troops (Chatham House, London)

With social media strategy now an essential component of electioneering worldwide, election campaigns have developed increasingly sophisticated methods of maximizing the impact that the internet can have on the electorate. One such method is the artificial manipulation of social media output through botnets – automated software used to flood these channels with propaganda. The 2016…

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Event: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation (Chatham House, London)

With social media strategy now an essential component of electioneering worldwide, election campaigns have developed increasingly sophisticated methods of maximizing the impact that the internet can have on the electorate. One such method is the artificial manipulation of social media output through botnets – automated software used to flood these channels with propaganda. The 2016…

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Our recent research was covered in The Register, a leading technology news site: The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is “one of the most powerful tools against democracy”, top academics have warned. A team led by professors at the Oxford Internet Institute analysed tens of millions of posts on seven social…

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Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Guardian: Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign…

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Bots used to bias online political chats

Our project case study series was covered in the BBC: If you’ve been chatting about politics on social media recently, there’s a good chance you’ve been part of a conversation that was manipulated by bots, researchers say. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) has studied such discussions related to nine places – US, Russia, Ukraine, Germany,…

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Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter

Our recent case study series was covered in The Washington Post: Bots airing pro-Kremlin views have flooded the Russian-language portion of the social media platform Twitter, in what researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute say is an effort to scuttle political discussion and opposition coordination in Russia.  In a new study of “political bots” on…

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Twitter and Facebook have become ‘vessels of propaganda and manipulation’

Our recent case study series was profiled in Wired: A study from the Oxford Internet Institute warns that social networks have to do more to stymie the tide of fake news, which damages our democracies. … The researchers looked at content manipulation in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States,…

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Trolle w polskim internecie. Najczęściej fałszywki wypuszcza prawica

The project’s recent work on Poland was covered in the major Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza: Gorwa zwraca uwagę, że choć zjawisko trollingu jest w polskiej sieci powszechne – zwłaszcza na Twitterze i Facebooku, na kontach polityków, partii oraz wpływowych dziennikarzy – to nie wiadomo było do tej pory, jakie są jego źródła. Według niego za fałszywymi…

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Wojny trolli. Jak polityczną debatą w polskiej sieci zaczęli rządzić ludzie, których nie ma

The project’s case study series and Poland case study were covered in the major Polish online news outlet, Gazeta.pl: Problem w tym, że niezwykle trudno jest udowodnić konkretnym podmiotom i osobom, że zajmują się tworzeniem fałszywych kont bądź sianiem propagandy – szczególnie, gdy człowiek lub ludzie stojący za armią trolli czy botów siedzą sobie bezpiecznie…

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