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Virtual Summer Talk Series: Black Trolls Matter and Other Conclusions from Analyzing State-Sponsored Disinformation

July 9, 2020, 1 p.m. - July 9, 2020, 2 p.m.

Location: Remote/Zoom

A talk by Dr. Deen Freelon. Part of the Virtual Summer Talk Series from the Center from Computational and Data Science.

This talk will discuss research Dr. Freelon conducted with colleagues on the Twitter component of the Internet Research Agency's (IRA) disinformation campaign before, during, and after the 2016 US elections. In particular, Deen will discuss the distinct appeal of Black-presenting trolls, how IRA tweets found their way into mainstream news articles, the types of audiences that consumed IRA content, and the IRA's effects on Twitter users' political opinions.

Deen Freelon is an associate professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC-Chapel Hill. These days he is mostly interested in disinformation, hyperpartisan communication, and computational methods.

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