“Computational propaganda”

I just saw this term on Twitter. It refers to the use of automation to deliver propaganda messaging on social media.

We’ve heard of “bots” and “bot networks” – as examples, but it could also include automated tech and sales support systems that use algorithms to respond to customer inquiries.

The term highlights a new direction in propaganda for the 21st century – “computational propaganda” – and points to the automation of propaganda messaging as a key advancement in propaganda techniques.

(This terminology follows the form of “computational linguistics”, “computational finance”, “computational photography” and more.)

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