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 OII releases the Junk News Aggregator

Welcome to the Junk News Aggregator! We track the distribution of “junk news” on Facebook. Junk news sources 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. Click here to read more about the science behind our classification system, and our methodology for aggregating junk news shared on Facebook.
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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.

This work is funded by the European Research Council through the grant “Computational Propaganda: Investigating the Impact of Algorithms and Bots on Political Discourse in Europe,” Proposal 648311, 2015-2020, Philip N. Howard, Principal Investigator, and the grant “Restoring Trust in Social Media Civic Engagement,” Proposal Number: 767454, 2017-2018, Philip N. Howard, Principal Investigator. We are grateful for additional support from the Open Society Foundation and Ford Foundation. Project activities were approved by the University of Oxford’s Research Ethics Committee, CUREC OII C1A 15-044. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the researchers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders, or the University of Oxford.

We thank Shaun A. Noordin, Adham Tamer and John Gilbert of the OII, and Mike Antcliffe of Achromatic Security, for their valuable web development and security testing work on this project.