The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Did Russia Meddle in Brexit? A Social Media Study Casts Doubt

The project’s latest memo on Russian involvement in Brexit was covered in the New York Times. An academic study set to be released on Tuesday casts doubt on speculation that Russia might have exploited social media to try to influence Britain’s 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. Academics, lawmakers and journalists have raised the possibility that…

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‘Little evidence’ Russia influenced Brexit vote through social media, study finds

The project’s latest memo on Brexit was covered by Yahoo News. The Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, says that, despite the Kremlin exploiting Twitter and Facebook during the 2016 US election, it is not clear it meddled in the EU Referendum. MPs asked social media companies for details after suspicions were raised that Russia moved to influence a Leave…

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Russian Involvement and Junk News during Brexit

Several prominent UK politicians are concerned about the role of Russian troll and bot accounts in public conversation over social media during the Brexit debate in 2016. Looking at our archive of Twitter conversation we find that (1) the Russian Twitter accounts shared to the public, contributed relatively little to the overall Brexit conversation, (2)…

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Watch out for the Brexit bots

The project’s research into the Brexit referendum was covered in Quartz. As the Brexit vote draws closer, undecided voters will need to make up their minds. Some will turn to friends and family. Others will turn to news channels. A piece of advice: Whatever you do, avoid Twitter. Out of 1.5 million tweets between June…

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Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote

The project’s research into the Brexit referendum was covered in the New Scientist. Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might be trying to sway the vote. Philip Howard at Oxford University and Bence…

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Bots, #StrongerIn, and #Brexit: Computational Propaganda during the UK-EU Referendum

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and they are active on the StrongerIn-Brexit conversation happening over Twitter. These automated scripts generate content through these platforms and then interact with people. Political bots are automated accounts that are particularly active on public policy issues, elections, and political crises. In this preliminary…

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