November 13, 2018

Oxford’s Internet Institute Launches “Junk News Aggregator”; Interactive Tool Tracks How Stories Spread on Facebook

From the Oxford Internet Institute and the OII’s Computational Propaganda Project:

The Junk News Aggregator, created by Mimie Liotsiou, is an interactive tool for exploring junk news stories posted on Facebook, in the context of the 2018 US midterm elections. It offers a method for systematically studying misinformation on Facebook in real time, by making visible the quantity and the content of junk news on Facebook, as well as the levels of engagement with it.

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Visual Junk News Aggregator: Screenshot (November 1, 2018)

Because all content on Facebook (including public content) is difficult to extract and study systematically, we hope that this tool will prove useful for journalists, researchers, and members of the public interested in exploring the data interactively. The Aggregator allows people to explore the data by sorting by time, engagement numbers, and searches for keywords of interest. It offers a general dashboard, a visual overview, plus a top-10 snapshot view of the day’s most engaging junk news stories on Facebook: the sources that deliberately publish misleading, deceptive or incorrect information purporting to be real news about politics, economics or culture. This content includes ideologically extreme, hyper-partisan, or conspiratorial news and information, as well as various forms of propaganda, and can be particularly problematic during key political moments like elections.

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Full Junk News Aggregator: Screenshot (November 1, 2018)

From the JNA “About” Page

This tool for evaluating the spread of junk news on Facebook was built by the Computational Propaganda project (COMPROP) at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII)University of Oxford.

Our aim in building this tool is to help researchers, policy makers, and social media platforms understand the impact of junk news on public life. We do not endorse the spread of junk news, and do not make money by aggregating this content.

Resources

New Data Memo from the Computational Propaganda Project

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media During the 2018 US Midterm Elections
7 pages; PDF.

Online Supplement
5 pages; PDF.

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