A fake ad posted by IRA accounts in the lead up to the 2016 election that urged Americans to vote by text message

Twitter users may have changed their behavior after contact with Russian trolls

Aug. 5, 2020

New CU Boulder findings are some of the first to examine the behavior of a broad swath of Twitter users who had contact with the Internet Research Agency.

A Reddit logo, split down the middle, with COVID-19 virus molecules in the background

As the coronavirus spread, 2 social media communities drifted apart

July 2, 2020

Researchers are exploring this tale of two online communities: the r/Coronavirus and r/China_flu discussion boards on the social media site Reddit.

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Who shares the most fake news? New study sheds light

June 17, 2020

Facebook is a more fertile breeding ground for fake news than Twitter, and those on the far ends of the liberal-conservative spectrum are most likely to share it.

A screenshot of a targeted social ad placed by a fake Facebook page called "Woke Blacks"

In politics and pandemics, Russian trolls use fear, anger to drive clicks

March 25, 2020

Study is the first to take a comprehensive look at ads placed by the infamous Russian propaganda machine known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and ask: How effective were they? And what makes people click on them?