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Troll Farms and Voter Disinformation

Denter, Philipp and Ginzburg, Boris (2021): Troll Farms and Voter Disinformation.

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Abstract

Political agents often attempt to influence elections through "troll farms" that flood social media platforms with messages from fake accounts that emulate genuine information. We study the ability of troll farms to manipulate elections. We show that such disinformation tactics is more effective when voters are otherwise well-informed. Thus, for example, societies with high-quality media are more vulnerable to electoral manipulation.

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