Joshua Tucker, “Heads will Troll: An Analysis of Links Shared by IRA Twitter Accounts During the 2016 US Election”

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Joshua Tucker
January 30, 2020
4:00PM - 5:45PM
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300 Pomerene Hall

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Add to Calendar 2020-01-30 16:00:00 2020-01-30 17:45:00 Joshua Tucker, “Heads will Troll: An Analysis of Links Shared by IRA Twitter Accounts During the 2016 US Election”

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Russia’s Internet Research Agency’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 US election by the use of paid humans running fake social media accounts – known as “trolls” – is by now well documented, thanks to the release of collections of troll content by social media platforms. For additional insights, we examine the hyperlinks shared by these troll accounts in order to assess: (1) the types of content to which IRA trolls were linking; (2) the ideological slant of this content, and, correspondingly, the troll accounts; and (3) whether we can use cross-platform patterns in sharing of hyperlinks as a digital forensic technique for identifying online coordinated influence campaigns in the future.  The implications for understanding online coordinated influence campaigns in the 2020 US election will be discussed.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics (csmapnyu.org) and the SMaPP laboratory, and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He is interested in mass political behavior, the intersection of social media and politics, and the use of social media data to study politics. His research has appeared in over two-dozen scholarly journals, his most recent book is Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017), and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming Social Media and Democracy: A State of the Field (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

This event is co-presented by the Translational Data Analytics Institute and is part of Great Power Competition and Conflict: The Informational Power of USA, Russia and China, "

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Russia’s Internet Research Agency’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 US election by the use of paid humans running fake social media accounts – known as “trolls” – is by now well documented, thanks to the release of collections of troll content by social media platforms. For additional insights, we examine the hyperlinks shared by these troll accounts in order to assess: (1) the types of content to which IRA trolls were linking; (2) the ideological slant of this content, and, correspondingly, the troll accounts; and (3) whether we can use cross-platform patterns in sharing of hyperlinks as a digital forensic technique for identifying online coordinated influence campaigns in the future.  The implications for understanding online coordinated influence campaigns in the 2020 US election will be discussed.

Joshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics, affiliated Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, and affiliated Professor of Data Science at New York University. He is the Director of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, a co-Director of the NYU Center for Social Media and Politics (csmapnyu.org) and the SMaPP laboratory, and a co-author/editor of the award-winning politics and policy blog The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post. He is interested in mass political behavior, the intersection of social media and politics, and the use of social media data to study politics. His research has appeared in over two-dozen scholarly journals, his most recent book is Communism’s Shadow: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes (Princeton University Press, 2017), and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming Social Media and Democracy: A State of the Field (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

This event is co-presented by the Translational Data Analytics Institute and is part of Great Power Competition and Conflict: The Informational Power of USA, Russia and China, "