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Coverage: 2018 Inventory of Social Media Manipulation

The project's latest report, "Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation," was covered by McClatchy, the Washington Post, and other outlets.   McClatchy: Fake, misleading social media posts exploding globally, Oxford study finds Russia’s social media blitz to influence the 2016 ...

2018-08-03T17:10:02+00:00 July 26th, 2018|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|

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|

Pro-Putin bots are dominating Russian political talk on Twitter

Our recent case study series was covered in The Washington Post: Bots airing pro-Kremlin views have flooded the Russian-language portion of the social media platform Twitter, in what researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute say is an effort to scuttle political discussion and opposition coordination ...

2017-07-01T11:09:24+00:00 July 1st, 2017|In the News|

Facebook could tell us how Russia interfered in our elections. Why won’t it?

Team members Phil Howard and Robert Gorwa wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post which calls on Facebook to share important data on potential Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and touches on the importance of not just studying 'fake news', but also fake accounts and other false ...

2017-05-22T16:18:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Public Scholarship|

One in four debate tweets comes from a bot. Here’s how to spot them.

The project's research into the US presidential election was featured in the Washington Post. Philip Howard has a fancy name for partisan election bots. He calls them “computational propaganda” — and lately, he sees them a lot. On Oct. 14, the Oxford University professor released ...

2016-10-21T04:29:08+00:00 October 21st, 2016|In the News|

More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

Phil Howard was featured in a Washington Post story on digital activism. “Profile picture campaigns are effective in showing the friends and family in your social network that you have some affinity for a political candidate or cause,” said Philip Howard, a sociologist at the ...

2015-07-02T16:01:27+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|In the News|