The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

One in eight Twitter election shares ‘link to junk news’

One in eight political stories shared on Twitter in the run-up to the general election is from a “junk news source”, research suggests. UK users shared one link from automated bot accounts promoting “junk” information for every four links to professionally produced news, according to the Oxford Internet Institute. Our UK General Election memo was…

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Labour dominating election conversation on Twitter, study finds

The Labour party dominates the conversation on Twitter, with almost 40% of tweets on election-related hashtags, according to a study by the Oxford Internet Institute about social media in the run-up to the general election. By contrast, tweets about the Conservative party made up just 26% of traffic, with the Scottish National party, Ukip and…

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Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion 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 UK…

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How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election

‘One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two things every election expert agrees on: what happens on social media, and Facebook in particular, will have an enormous effect on how the…

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Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

Team members Phil Howard and Robert Gorwa wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which calls on Facebook to share important data on potential Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and touches on the importance of not just studying ‘fake news’, but also fake accounts and other false amplifiers. Read the full piece in the Washington Post.

‘Bots’ spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal

Bots appear to be spamming a US regulator’s website over a proposed reversal of net neutrality rules, researchers have said. “Net neutrality is such a hot-button issue and it’s one of the few examples of online activism that’s actually amounted to something,” noted Prof Phil Howard at the Oxford Internet Institute. COMPROP Principal Investigator Phil…

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Junk News and Bots during the French Presidential Election (Round II)

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion 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 French presidential…

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From autonomous drones to fake news generators, Military researchers seek to weaponise AI

“At least 22 countries are using public money to create digital cyber troops that can manipulate public opinion through bots,” says Samantha Bradshaw, a researcher of computational propaganda at the Oxford Internet Institute. She is working on a global project to quantify these efforts. Developing COMPROP research on Cyber Troops was covered by the Financial Times….

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French social media awash with fake news stories from sources ‘exposed to Russian influence’ ahead of presidential election

French voters have been deluged with fake news stories on their social media feeds ahead of the country’s presidential election, many from sources “exposed to Russian influence”, new research has found. Researchers from Oxford University found up to a quarter of the political links shared on Twitter in France were based on misinformation. They were identified as deliberately false…

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Sur Twitter, les Français moins accro aux “fake news” que les Américains durant la campagne

Ceux qui craignaient un déferlement à l’américaine de “fake news” (fausses informations) pendant la campagne pour l’élection présidentielle française peuvent se rassurer. Il n’a pas eu lieu. Les internautes français ont moins partagé les fausses rumeurs que les Américains, du moins sur Twitter, d’après les conclusions d’une étude publiée vendredi 21 avril par l’Oxford Internet…

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