The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Moscow Reacts To US-Russia Probe Arrests

Lisa-Maria Neudert spoke to the BBC for a radio episode discussing Russian involvement in the 2016 US election. The Kremlin says the investigation into last year’s US presidential election has nothing to do with Russia, but that Moscow is following the proceedings intently. Also in the programme: Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen content…

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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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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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Junk news and democracy

Monica Kaminska appeared on the BBC to discuss the project’s research into the 2017 UK Election. Researchers at Oxford University have found that the quality of news available to British voters on Twitter is superior to that available to Americans ahead of the election of Donald Trump as president. The Oxford Internet Institute has also discovered…

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

Our project work was covered by the BBC. 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…

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‘Bots’ spam FCC website over proposed net neutrality reversal

Our Principal Investigator Phil Howard was featured in a BBC story on Net Neutrality. 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,”…

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Pro-Clinton Bots ‘Fought Back but Outnumbered in Second Debate’

The project’s research into the 2016 US election was covered in the BBC. Web robots dedicated to posting pro-Hillary Clinton tweets appear to have become more vocal in the second US presidential debate, says a study. But it adds that pro-Donald Trump bots saw an even bigger gain in activity, giving the Republican a potential…

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Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’

The project’s research into the US election and presidential debates was covered in the BBC. More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study says. The investigation was led by Prof Philip Howard,…

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BBC Click: A look at bots influencing social media in the US election

The project’s research was featured in a segment of the BBC show Click, which discussed the role of social media bots in modern political communication. Watch the video on the BBC iPlayer.