Junk News and Bots during the 2017 UK General Election: What Are UK Voters Sharing Over Twitter? COMPROP DATA MEMO 2017.5 / 31 MAY 2017
For me this from the conclusion is the interesting bit-
Content about the Labour Party tended to feature prominently among the election traffic on Twitter. The level of automation was roughly equal across the Conservative Party, Labour Party, Liberal Democrats and UKIP, however highly automated accounts tweeting about the Labour Party were more productive in spreading content. Overall though, automated accounts generate a relatively small amount, 12.3%, of the total content being shared about the UK election.
So how can this become a front page story in the Daily Telegraph headlined "Fake web accounts boosting Labour vote" ?
No direct link mentioned in the print version of the story. No Twitter connections to the source of the paper.
btw " Blogs and websites dedicated to citizen journalism," included under "other", after Professional News Outlets so I feel less excluded now. Sometimes the way that bloggers appear in newspapers / academic writing can be a cause for concern but anyway back on topic
Now located some Twitter connections
John D. Gallacher Oxford University email@example.com @john_gallacher1 Monica Kaminska Oxford University firstname.lastname@example.org @monica_kaminska Bence Kollanyi Oxford University email@example.com @bencekollanyi Philip N. Howard Oxford University firstname.lastname@example.org @pnhoward
So my question is, has the news so far reported the research accurately? should there be further comment?
This is the weekend so maybe not much can happen till Monday, but sometime before Thursday would seem appropriate.