US

/Tag:US

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

In the United States, social media platforms serve significant volumes of junk political news and information during important moments in political life—particularly elections. In this data memo, we examine the sources of political news and information that were shared by social media users in the ...

2018-11-01T10:22:11+00:00 November 1st, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00 July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

The Most Important Lesson From the Dust-Up Over Trump’s Fake Twitter Followers

Project members Tim Hwang and Sam Woolley have a new article in Slate discussing bots that follow political candidates. Let’s be clear: Coordinated campaigns of misinformation and manipulation on social media are absolutely real and are becoming an increasingly prominent component of the online media ...

2017-06-02T13:53:30+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Public Scholarship|

Trump, Putin and the New Cold War

Our project research on the US Election was mentioned in the New Yorker. On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—aktivniye meropriyatiya—against the reëlection campaign of President Ronald Reagan. Unlike classic espionage, which involves ...

2017-02-27T06:19:21+00:00 February 27th, 2017|In the News|

Automated Pro-Trump Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

The project's research on the US Presidential Election was covered in The New York Times. An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report ...

2016-11-18T13:24:24+00:00 November 18th, 2016|In the News|