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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots
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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

Our case study series on Computational Propaganda worldwide was covered in the Register. A team led by professors at the Oxford Internet Institute analysed tens of millions of posts on seven social media platforms in nine countries, including the US, Russia and Germany, during elections and political crises. They were […]

How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election
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How social media filter bubbles and algorithms influence the election

Our research and insight was featured extensively in a Guardian article about the 2017 UK General Election. ‘One of the most powerful players in the British election is also one of the most opaque. With just over two weeks to go until voters go to the polls, there are two […]

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

Our research was featured in this New York Times article on the U.S. Election and bots. SAN FRANCISCO — 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 published […]

Cracking the stealth political influence of bots
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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots

Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists can analyze […]