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Junk News and Bots during the German Parliamentary Election: What are German Voters Sharing over Twitter?

Automation and propaganda can significantly impact public life during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected Twitter data on bot activity and junk news using a set of hashtags related to the 2017 German Parliamentary Election for a ten-day period in September 2017. We find that (1) traffic about the far-right […]

Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?
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Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?

I spoke to the Atlantic for this story about regulating political advertising on Facebook. Experts seem to agree on two principles with respect to free speech and tech company arbitration. First, social-media companies, like other private publishers and unlike the government, are not bound by the First Amendment—meaning that they […]

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world
In The News / News Feature

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
In The News / News Feature

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 […]