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Fake News is as Widely Shared as the Real Thing
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Fake News is as Widely Shared as the Real Thing

Our research into the 2016 US election was covered in a Financial Times story on hyperpartisan news. Nearly a quarter of web content shared on Twitter by users in the battleground state of Michigan during the final days of last year’s US election campaign was so-called fake news, according to […]

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Junk News and Bots during the U.S. Election: What Were Michigan Voters Sharing Over Twitter?

Computational propaganda distributes large amounts of misinformation about politics and public policy over social media platforms. The combination of automation and propaganda can significantly impact public opinion during important policy debates, elections, and political crises. We collected data on automation and junk news using major hashtags related to politics in […]

How fake news becomes a popular, trending topic
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How fake news becomes a popular, trending topic

I was interviewed for a 60 Minutes investigation on ‘fake news’ and disinformation, which featured the COMPROP team’s research. Phil Howard leads the Internet Institute at the University of Oxford which examines misinformation on social media. They’ve analyzed web traffic in the days before the election in the swing state […]

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media
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Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media

Our research on automation and the US election was covered in a Guardian story on Trump’s digital operations. The war of the bots is one of the wilder and weirder aspects of the elections of 2016. At the Oxford Internet Institute’s Unit for Computational Propaganda, its director, Phil Howard, and […]