Veritas ex machina: A critical review of automated approaches for detecting political disinformation online

Makhortykh, Mykola; Urman, Aleksandra; Christner, Clara; Gil-Lopez, Teresa (7 November 2019). Veritas ex machina: A critical review of automated approaches for detecting political disinformation online (Unpublished). In: Digikomm 2019: Automating Communication in the Networked Society: Contexts, Consequences, Critique. Berlin, Germany. 06.11.-08.11.2019.

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The dissemination of political disinformation is a growing concern in democratic societies. The distribution of false information through online channels currently reached an unprecedented scope (Alaphilippe et al. 2019). The rapid rate of production and dissemination of false content prompts the development of automated approaches for detecting political disinformation online. While the efficiency of automated approaches is higher compared with manual detection of disinformation, their deployment also raises concerns related to the obscurity of their mechanisms and the alarming rate of false positives (Alaphilippe et al. 2019).

The research on online disinformation using computational techniques is relatively novel and it still lacks a systematic review of methodological approaches used to solve this task. We aim to provide such a review by critically examining existing empirical models used to identify false political content in online environments and the data used to construct and validate these models. We address the following questions: How is political disinformation conceptualized and operationalized? What types of models are used to detect political disinformation? How is the validity of these models reported and tested?

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Communication and Media Studies (ICMB)

UniBE Contributor:

Makhortykh, Mykola, Urman, Aleksandra


000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 070 News media, journalism & publishing
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology




Mykola Makhortykh

Date Deposited:

18 Dec 2019 16:36

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:32

Uncontrolled Keywords:

algorithms, disinformation, review, conceptualization, validation, new, digital media


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