The Computational Propaganda Project

Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Digging up facts about fake news: The Computational Propaganda Project

Our project work was covered by the OECD. The phenomenon of junk news and its dissemination over social media platforms have transformed (some say destroyed) political debates. The combination of automation and propaganda, also called computational propaganda, can shape public opinion. The trouble is, how can we tell the difference between fake facts and real…

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We the…Bots & Trolls

Project member Nick Monaco was interviewed on PBS about his Taiwanese case study. Find the full video here.

Computational Propaganda Worldwide: Executive Summary

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our case study series on computational propaganda in 9 different countries. Find the executive summary, written by Sam Woolley and Phil Howard, here. The Computational Propaganda Research Project at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has researched the use of social media for public opinion manipulation. The…

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Our recent research was covered in The Register, a leading technology news site: The use of algorithms and bots to spread political propaganda is “one of the most powerful tools against democracy”, top academics have warned. A team led by professors at the Oxford Internet Institute analysed tens of millions of posts on seven social…

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Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was covered in the Guardian: Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign…

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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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Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter

Our recent case study series was covered in The Washington Post: Bots airing pro-Kremlin views have flooded the Russian-language portion of the social media platform Twitter, in what researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute say is an effort to scuttle political discussion and opposition coordination in Russia.  In a new study of “political bots” on…

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Twitter and Facebook have become ‘vessels of propaganda and manipulation’

Our recent case study series was profiled in Wired: A study from the Oxford Internet Institute warns that social networks have to do more to stymie the tide of fake news, which damages our democracies. … The researchers looked at content manipulation in Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Ukraine, and the United States,…

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Trolle w polskim internecie. Najczęściej fałszywki wypuszcza prawica

The project’s recent work on Poland was covered in the major Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza: Gorwa zwraca uwagę, że choć zjawisko trollingu jest w polskiej sieci powszechne – zwłaszcza na Twitterze i Facebooku, na kontach polityków, partii oraz wpływowych dziennikarzy – to nie wiadomo było do tej pory, jakie są jego źródła. Według niego za fałszywymi…

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Wojny trolli. Jak polityczną debatą w polskiej sieci zaczęli rządzić ludzie, których nie ma

The project’s case study series and Poland case study were covered in the major Polish online news outlet, Gazeta.pl: Problem w tym, że niezwykle trudno jest udowodnić konkretnym podmiotom i osobom, że zajmują się tworzeniem fałszywych kont bądź sianiem propagandy – szczególnie, gdy człowiek lub ludzie stojący za armią trolli czy botów siedzą sobie bezpiecznie…

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