Samuel C. Woolley

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Fake News: Why the West is Blind to Russia’s Propaganda Today

Our research was covered in the Sydney Morning Herald. On social media, bots (short for robots) are small programs that automate the posting of and reply to messages. Political campaigns in democracies have used bots in recent years, not always achieving the effects they desired. ...

2017-01-31T07:10:55+00:00 January 31st, 2017|In the News|

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the U.S. Election

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the U.S. Presidential Election. We find that ...

2016-11-17T10:06:36+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Working Papers & Data Memos|

How Bots, Twitter, and Hackers Pushed Trump to the Finish Line

The project's research on the 2016 US election was covered in Wiired. Following the third debate, automated pro-Trump accounts on Twitter pumped out seven times more messages than pro-Clinton accounts. Most of these accounts, it turned out, were powered by chatbots: the newest tool in computational propaganda. “It’s ...

2016-11-12T14:20:46+00:00 November 12th, 2016|In the News|

How pro-Trump Twitter bots are still manipulating the 2016 conversation

Our research on the 2016 US election was covered in the Daily Dot. According to a recent study released by a trio of researchers at Hungary’s Corvinus University, Oxford University in the U.K, and the University of Washington in Washington state, hashtags relating to the last general ...

2016-11-09T15:55:01+00:00 November 9th, 2016|In the News, Uncategorised|

That pro-Trump Tweet that Made Your Blood Boil? It Probably Came From a Bot

Our research into the 2016 US election was covered by McClatchy. Researchers say highly automated social media engines are working for both major presidential candidates, posing as real people when they are actually just machines. Often, it is difficult to discern who is behind the ...

2016-11-05T14:32:08+00:00 November 5th, 2016|In the News|