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Rightwing populist AfD dominates German Twitter, new study shows

The project's research into the 2017 German election was covered in the Financial Times. Research published today by a group at Oxford university shows that the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) drives more Twitter traffic than any major German party, and more even than non-partisan ...

2017-09-22T06:42:28+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|In the News|

Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find ...

2018-01-31T16:14:08+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Social media ‘bots’ tried to influence the U.S. election. Germany may be next.

Lisa-Maria Neudert was interviewed for this Science Magazine story on bots and the German election. Germany seemed a good place to try. The German parliament's network was hacked in 2015—Russia is said to be the prime suspect—leading to worries that stolen emails might be published ...

2017-09-14T02:51:26+00:00 September 14th, 2017|In the News|

Confusion Before the German Election: What Influence Does Fake News Have?

We are collaborating with our colleagues at the SNV and Reporters Without Borders on a ComProp Research Briefing in Berlin.  On October 20th we will present our latest evidence from our investigations of junk news and highly automated accounts in the German election.  Please register ...

2017-09-11T10:47:02+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Events, Impact|

Die Stimmungskanonen

Our project research was featured in a story published in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Die University of Oxford unterhält darum seit einiger Zeit das Computational Propaganda Research Project, das unter anderem für Deutschland und die Bundestagswahl festhält, dass zwar alle im Bundestag vertretenen Parteien den Botnetzen abschwören ...

2017-07-12T09:19:42+00:00 July 12th, 2017|In the News|

Germany’s anti-fake news lab yields mixed results

The project's research was mentioned in a POLITICO story on Germany's 'fake-news' regulation. A new report by the University of Oxford investigated what German fact-checkers may be up against, finding that “the majority of the misinformation pages identified were politically right, and xenophobic, nationalist, pro-Pegida, pro-AfD and Islamophobic ...

2017-07-10T12:13:27+00:00 July 10th, 2017|In the News|

Computational Propaganda in Germany: A Cautionary Tale

As part of our new country case study series, project member Lisa-Maria Neudert investigated computational propaganda in Germany. Political actors are using algorithms in efforts to sway public opinion. In some circumstances, the ways coded automation interacts with or affects human users are unforeseeable. In ...

2017-06-19T08:30:50+00:00 June 19th, 2017|Uncategorised, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the German Federal Presidency Election: What Were German Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected data on bot activity and junk news using ...

2017-03-26T23:55:54+00:00 March 26th, 2017|Uncategorised, Working Papers & Data Memos|