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Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world
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Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

Our research on government-sponsored social media manipulation was featured in a Washington Post article. Though most social media platforms are designed and run by corporations based the United States, the platforms are infiltrated almost immediately upon their release to the public by a range of international actors skilled at using information […]

Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says
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Government ‘Cyber Troops’ Manipulate Facebook, Twitter, Study Says

A report on government social media manipulation, authored by myself and collaborator Samantha Bradshaw, was featured in 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 new report from the […]

How Bots Win Friends and Influence People
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How Bots Win Friends and Influence People

Along with the project’s work, I was featured in a short article on bots in IEEE Spectrum. Every now and then sociologist Phil Howard writes messages to social media accounts accusing them of being bots. It’s like a Turing test of the state of online political propaganda. “Once in a while a […]

Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report
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Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

Our case study series on computational propaganda worldwide was featured 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. The reports, part of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, cover nine nations […]