Political Bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

Pizza, politics and pure fiction: the rise of fake news

On Sunday 4th December last year, 28 year old father of two Edgar Welch woke early, told his family he had some chores to do, packed an assault rifle into his car and drove from his North Carolina home to Washington DC – where he walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant, fired three…

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Social Media’s Increasing Role In The 2016 Presidential Election

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: Social media, by this point, is not new. But in this election season, it’s played a bigger role in our politics than ever before. NPR’s Sam Sanders has been following how our politics play out on Facebook and Twitter and other social media. And he has some thoughts. Good morning. SAM SANDERS,…

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.” The movement, fomented by a photo-editing tool that Facebook launched Friday, is a response to major news events that we’ve seen before: Profile…

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