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Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election
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Algorithms, bots, and political communication in the US 2016 election

Political communication is the process of putting information, technology, and media in the service of power. Increasingly, political actors are automating such processes, through algorithms that obscure motives and authors yet reach immense networks of people through personal ties among friends and family. Not all political algorithms are used for […]

Hard right dominates use of fake US news, Oxford study finds
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Hard right dominates use of fake US news, Oxford study finds

The project’s work on junk news and polarization was covered in the Financial Times. Ultra-rightwing conservatives shared more false stories on Facebook  than all other political groups combined in the three months to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address last month, independent researchers have found.  Academics at the […]

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study
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Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

The project’s work on junk news was covered in the Guardian: Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social network users, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. The study, from the university’s “computational propaganda project”, looked at […]

Trump Supporters Spread the Majority of Phony News on Social Media
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Trump Supporters Spread the Majority of Phony News on Social Media

The project’s work on polarization and junk news was covered in Mother Jones. Trump supporters are among the most prolific social media users spreading fake news and conspiracy content, according to new research from Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Research Project, which has been studying disinformation campaigns globally since 2014. The group’s new […]