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Evidence of a coordinated network amplifying inauthentic narratives in the 2020 election

Pik-Mai Hui; Filippo Menczer


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      <creatorName>Pik-Mai Hui</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Indiana University Bloomington</affiliation>
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    <creator>
      <creatorName>Filippo Menczer</creatorName>
      <affiliation>Indiana University Bloomington</affiliation>
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  <titles>
    <title>Evidence of a coordinated network amplifying inauthentic narratives in the 2020 election</title>
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  <publisher>Zenodo</publisher>
  <publicationYear>2020</publicationYear>
  <subjects>
    <subject>social media</subject>
    <subject>Turning Point Action</subject>
    <subject>Twitter</subject>
    <subject>Trolling</subject>
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  <dates>
    <date dateType="Issued">2020-09-24</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;On 15 September 2020, the Washington Post published an article by Isaac Stanley-Becker titled &amp;ldquo;&lt;a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/turning-point-teens-disinformation-trump/2020/09/15/c84091ae-f20a-11ea-b796-2dd09962649c_story.html"&gt;Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a &amp;lsquo;troll farm,&amp;rsquo; prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;rdquo; The article reported on a preliminary analysis we conducted at the request of The Post. Here we would like to share the dataset used in our analysis with the research community.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;Our Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University has been studying &lt;a href="https://theconversation.com/misinformation-on-social-media-can-technology-save-us-69264"&gt;social media manipulation&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://theconversation.com/misinformation-and-biases-infect-social-media-both-intentionally-and-accidentally-97148"&gt;online misinformation&lt;/a&gt; for over ten years. We uncovered the first known instances of &lt;a href="http://www.aaai.org/ocs/index.php/ICWSM/ICWSM11/paper/view/2850"&gt;astroturf campaigns&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204021-the-rise-of-social-bots/fulltext"&gt;social bots&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href="http://doi.org/10.1126/science.aao2998"&gt;fake news&lt;/a&gt; websites during the 2010 US midterm election, long before these phenomena became widely known in 2016. We develop public, state-of-the art network and data science methods and &lt;a href="https://osome.iu.edu/tools/"&gt;tools&lt;/a&gt;, such as &lt;a href="https://botometer.osome.iu.edu/"&gt;Botometer&lt;/a&gt;, &lt;a href="https://hoaxy.iuni.iu.edu/"&gt;Hoaxy&lt;/a&gt;, and &lt;a href="https://osome.iu.edu/tools/botslayer/"&gt;BotSlayer&lt;/a&gt;, to help researchers, journalists, and civil society organizations study coordinated inauthentic campaigns. So when Stanley-Becker contacted us about accounts posting identical political content on Twitter, we were happy to apply our &lt;a href="https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.05658"&gt;analytical framework&lt;/a&gt; to map out what was going on.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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