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Fake, misleading social media posts exploding globally, Oxford study finds

McClatchy covered the latest ComProp work: the 2018 inventory of social media manipulation, authored by Samantha Bradshaw and I. Russia’s social media blitz to influence the 2016 U.S. election was part of a global “phenomenon” in which a broad spectrum of governments and political parties used Internet platforms to spread […]

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Foreign Policy: Our Data, Ourselves

This article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of Foreign Policy magazine. Concentrated in a few hands, big data is a threat to democracy. Social media companies and political data-mining firms such as Cambridge Analytica have built their businesses by manipulating public life using personal data. Their work has helped heighten […]

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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 […]

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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 […]