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Social media companies must respond to the sinister reality behind fake news

Phil Howard and Bence Kollanyi wrote an opinion article for the Guardian, discussing the project's latest research and how social media companies could "design for deliberation." Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have begun to share evidence of how their platforms are used and ...

2017-10-05T15:06:25+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Social Media, News and Political Information during the US Election: Was Polarizing Content Concentrated in Swing States?

US voters shared large volumes of polarizing political news and information in the form of links to content from Russian, WikiLeaks and junk news sources. Was this low quality political information distributed evenly around the country, or concentrated in swing states and particular parts of ...

2018-01-31T16:17:51+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|

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|

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

The project's research on government-sponsored social media manipulation was covered in the Washington Post. These propaganda efforts exploit every social media platform — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond — and rely on human users and computerized “bots” that can dramatically amplify the power of disinformation ...

2017-07-18T12:05:25+00:00 July 18th, 2017|In the News|

Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says

The project's recent paper on government efforts to manipulate public opinion online was covered by Bloomberg. Governments around the world are enlisting "cyber troops" who manipulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets to steer public opinion, spread misinformation and undermine critics, according to a ...

2017-07-18T11:59:46+00:00 July 18th, 2017|In the News|

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 ...

2017-07-11T11:20:32+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Working Papers & Data Memos|