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IMC holds talk at MISDOOM conference, focusing on propaganda accounts on Twitter
Over the course of the MISDOOM symposium, participants discussed multidisciplinary and international research findings to identify and fight disinformation in public online media. Journalists, social scientists and computer scientists came together to discuss the handling of disinformation. The participants discussed challenges, new research ideas and successful efforts.
Experts such as Greg Barber (The Washington Post), Stefano Cresci Research Associate at the IIT-CNR, Pisa, Italy), and André Calero Valdez (Senior Researcherat RWTH Aachen) presented the latest research findings on social media disinformation, as well as how to handle user comments based on artificial intelligence and furthermore manipulation attempts by means of social bots.
In the “Bot Detection and Infrastructure” panel, Tanja Drozdzynski, Bastian Kießling and Jan Schacht (Research Associates at the IMC) gave a talk on the overall theme of “State Propaganda on Twitter – How Iranian Propaganda Accounts Tried to Negatively Influence the Discourse on Saudi Arabia”. Using publicly available information by Twitter, the team analyzed that Iranian propaganda accounts helped to circulate informationan that enabled negative assumptions about Saudi Arabia.
The majority of tweets within the research sample included defamatory and critical statements about the participation in the Yemen conflict and reproached the Saudi royal government for allegedly supporting terrorism. Furthermore, the data led to findings that certain clusters on Twitter actively retweeted content by the Iranian state-owned international media organization Press TV as well as the Russian counterpart RT (previously known as Russia Today).