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Russian Involvement and Junk News during Brexit
Policy Papers / Publications

Russian Involvement and Junk News during Brexit

  Several prominent UK politicians are concerned about the role of Russian troll and bot accounts in public conversation over social media during the Brexit debate in 2016. Looking at our archive of Twitter conversation we find that (1) the Russian Twitter accounts shared to the public, contributed relatively little […]

Should Facebook Ads Be Regulated Like TV Commercials?
In The News / News Feature

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 […]

Video:  Is Social Media Killing Democracy? Computational Propaganda, Algorithms, Automation and Public Life
Presentations / Video

Video: Is Social Media Killing Democracy? Computational Propaganda, Algorithms, Automation and Public Life

The Oxford Internet Institute presents Professor Philip Howard’s Inaugural Lecture. The design and implementation of social media platforms has put several advanced democracies into a kind of democratic deficit. First, social algorithms allow fake news stories from untrustworthy sources to spread like wildfire over networks of family and friends. Second, […]

Video: Ten things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)
Presentations / Video

Video: Ten things you wish you didn’t know about elections (and what to do about them)

In this talk, Prof Phil Howard explains how we are targeted and manipulated by social media and bots trying to influence voter behaviour. Since 2012, Professor Howard and team have been investigating the use of algorithms, automation and computational propaganda in public life. Political bots are manipulating public opinion over major […]