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Donald Trump Twitter Bot Announces Candidacy For President
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Donald Trump Twitter Bot Announces Candidacy For President

Contributed to a story for the Newsweek website. The study , by Oxford University professor Philip Howard, found that bots backing Trump sent out more than four times as many tweets than those supporting Hillary Clinton during the first presidential debate.

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A $1 Million Fight Against Hillary Clinton’s Online Trolls

Helped with a story on the Atlantic about Hillary Clinton’s response to online trolling. “A lot of digital campaign strategy is experimental and run for fear of losing,” Phil Howard, a professor at the Oxford Internet Institute said. “No one wants to be the team who lost because they didn’t try […]

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How the Bundys’ social media machine fed their political movement

Helped with a Washington Post story on how social media is used by radical libertarians in the US. Howard, who teaches communications at the University of Washington and Oxford University, noted that social media is a critical tool for protest movements, allowing groups such as the Oregon occupiers to build communities and reach people […]

Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain
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Venezuela ruling party games Twitter for political gain

Contributed to an Associated Press story on the use of bots by Venezuelan political figures. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem.