The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Brexit: Pro-Leave Twitter Bots Played ‘Small But Strategic Role’ in EU Referendum Result, Says Oxford Study

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Independent:

According to the University of Oxford study, social media sites need to redesign themselves in order to regain trust.

“For democracies, we should assume that encouraging people to vote is a good thing. Promoting political news and information from reputable outlets is crucial. Ultimately, designing for democracy, in systematic ways, will help restore trust in social media systems,” it says.

“Computational propaganda is now one of the most powerful tools against democracy. Social media firms may not be creating this nasty content, but they are the platform for it.

“They need to significantly redesign themselves if democracy is going to survive social media.”

Read the full article at the Independent.

The IndependentUK

Robert Gorwa • 1st July 2017

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