Computational Propaganda

Computational Propaganda (COMPROP) is a targeted form of Disinformation that combines the calculational capacity of supercomputers with the insights of big data to manipulate public opinion in ways that advance the goals of its creators. Using automated scripts, called Bots, COMPROP makes use of Social Media as vectors in order to reach the widest audience possible.

The 2016 US presidential election cycle brought attention to the practice following foreign interference in the domestic political process, acting as a “watershed moment in the evolution of computational techniques for spreading political propaganda.”


  1. Howard, P. The Rise of Computational Propaganda: How political campaigns have weaponized social media bots. IEEE Spectrum. Nov 2018