The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

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 2016 elections. A September 2017 study by Oxford University found that although the far right in Germany did employ automated Twitter profiles known as “bots”, traffic from those accounts was relatively low and ineffective — and Germans have a higher likelihood of sharing links to credible news sources than people in the U.S. or the United Kingdom.

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Robert Gorwa • 22nd September 2017


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