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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|

Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media. In this working paper, we report on specific organizations created, often 8ith public money, to help define and manage what is in the best interest of the public. ...

2018-07-29T21:37:52+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

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|

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 ...

2017-07-01T11:18:44+00:00 July 1st, 2017|In the News|

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 ...

2017-07-01T11:15:58+00:00 July 1st, 2017|In the News|