In many countries around the world, divisive social media campaigns have heightened ethnic tensions, revived nationalistic movements, intensified political conflict, and even resulted in political crises—while simultaneously weakening public trust in journalism, democratic institutions, and electoral outcomes.

Illustration by Ross Lesley-Bayne

Computational Propaganda 
Research Project

The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and undermine trust in the media, public institutions, and science.

At a time when news consumption is increasingly digital, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and “black- box” algorithms are being leveraged to challenge truth and trust: the cornerstones of our democratic society.