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Russian propaganda engaged U.S. vets, troops on Twitter and Facebook, study finds

The project's research on social media operations targeted against veterans was covered by McClatchy. The Oxford study categorized 12,413 Twitter users and 11,103 Facebook users whose social media messages referred to or carried content from one or more of the Russian-linked websites between April 2 ...

2017-10-11T12:54:47+00:00 October 11th, 2017|In the News|

Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel, study says

The project's latest memo on junk news and social media operations against veterans was covered in the Washington Post. They researchers also tracked information on several military-themed websites and used the traffic to these sites —  along with the Twitter data — to determine what Facebook ...

2017-10-11T12:51:42+00:00 October 11th, 2017|In the News|

Junk News on Military Affairs and National Security

Social media provides political news and information for both active duty military personnel and veterans. We analyze the subgroups of Twitter and Facebook users who spend time consuming junk news from websites that target US military personnel and veterans with conspiracy theories, misinformation, and other ...

2018-07-29T21:36:24+00:00 October 9th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Facebook needs to be more open about its effect on democracy

A follow up opinion piece to the project's most recent UK General Election memo was written by John Gallacher and Monica Kaminska, and published in the Guardian. Facebook and Twitter fast became major electoral battlegrounds in the 2017 general election. It is here that campaigns ...

2017-06-13T11:06:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Social Media and News Sources during the 2017 UK General Election

Platforms like Twitter and sources like Wikipedia are important parts of the information diet for many citizens. In this data memo, we analyse Twitter data on bot activity and junk news for a week in the final stages of campaigning of the 2017 UK General ...

2017-06-06T16:30:24+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election

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 Twitter data on bot activity and junk news ...

2017-05-31T16:30:20+00:00 May 31st, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|