Graphika in the Press

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“Interview: Dr. John Kelly, CEO of Graphika on Andrea Mitchell Reports”

(MSNBC, August 2018)

After delivering his testimony on Russian foreign influence on social media to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, Dr. Kelly visited Andrea Mitchell Reports (MSNBC) in Washington, D.C. on August 2nd, 2018.


“ Tracking Bots in the Lead-up to the U.S. Midterms”

(CBC News: The National, October 2018)

Graphika’s Camille François sat down with Steven D'Souza to look at the role social media and fake news will play in this November’s elections, and how teams like Graphika are tackling the problem.


"Disinformation, ‘Fake News’ and Influence Campaigns on Twitter” 

(Knight Foundation, October 2018)

Graphika’s Vladimir Barash co-authored one of the largest analyses to date on how fake news spread on Twitter both during and after the 2016 election campaign. Using tools and mapping methods from  Graphika, the study analyzed more than 10 million tweets from 700,000 Twitter accounts that linked to more than 600 fake and conspiracy news outlets to ultimately measure how the fake news ecosystem has evolved since November 2016.


"This Is What Filter Bubbles Actually Look Like” 

(MIT Technology Review, August 2018)

Graphika CEO, Dr. John Kelly and Director of Research and Analysis, Camille François co-authored this feature photo essay on the history of polarization online, illustrated by a full-color high-resolution slideshow of Graphika’s own proprietary visualizations.


"Here’s Proof that Russian-Backed Accounts Pushed the Nike Boycott”

(Wired, September 2018)

Graphika’s Dr. John Kelly contributed expert opinion about ongoing Russian disinformation campaigns that helped to amplify the anti-Nike sentiment during the boycott of the brand following the announcement of Collin Kaepernick as the face of the brand’s new campaign.


"U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence: Foreign Influence on Social Media" 

(C-SPAN, August 2018)

Graphika Founder and CEO, Dr. John Kelly was invited to provide his expert testimony on foreign interference in the U.S. presidential election before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. His official statement can be read here or watched below.

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"A Global Guide to State-Sponsored Trolling

(Bloomberg, July 2018)

An analysis by Graphika, a social media intelligence firm based in New York, showed that the “Agents” hashtag was “pushed” in a highly coordinated way, said John Kelly, the company's CEO and founder. 


"Tip of the Spear Technology: Graphika" 

(Consumer Goods Technology, July 2018)

This video showcases Graphika, which creates dynamic maps of network relationships to reveal deep insights into social influence for content planning and audience engagement.


"The Insanity of NBA All-Star Voting" 

(ESPN "TrueHoop Presents,” February 2017)

Graphika sifted through more than 5 million tweets on behalf of ESPN and found all sorts of interesting things about NBA All-Star voting, including 10 hyperactive bot accounts voting for Leonard about 1,000 times per day, a figure that Kelly called "outrageously high."

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"NAB 2018: Analytics Scientists Look at Social Media and Bots" 

(Etcentric, April 2018)

Fabric Media chief executive/founder Jason Damata led a discussion at NAB with two experts in the field of social media intelligence...Dr. John Kelly is chief executive at Graphika, which turns “network relationships into dynamic maps of social influence, enabling precision targeting and action to drive business results.”

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"Senator warns YouTube algorithm may be open to manipulation by 'bad actors'" 

(The Guardian, February 2018)

The 8,000 YouTube-recommended videos were also analysed by Graphika, a commercial analytics firm that has been tracking political disinformation campaigns. It concluded many of the YouTube videos appeared to have been pushed by networks of Twitter sock puppets and bots controlled by pro-Trump digital consultants with “a presumably unsolicited assist” from Russia.


"How an ex-YouTube insider investigated its secret algorithm" 

(The Guardian, February 2018) 

The Guardian shared the entire database with Graphika, a commercial analytics firm that has tracked political disinformation campaigns...The company discovered more than 513,000 Twitter accounts had tweeted links to at least one of the YouTube-recommended videos in the six months leading up to the election. 

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"#ReleaseTheMemo Controversy Shows That Bots Now Drive Almost Every Conversation" 

(BuzzFeed News, January 2018)

US political discourse on Twitter has devolved to the point that it is nearly impossible to tell what, if any, influence foreign-based bot networks have on its content, social media experts say.


"How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine"

(Guardian, December 2017)

In research commissioned by the human rights group the Syria Campaign, Graphika found that the patterns in the online network of the 14,000 Twitter users talking about the White Helmets looked “very similar” and included many known pro-Kremlin troll accounts, some of which were closed down as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the US election. 


"Make Germany Great Again" Kremlin, Alt-Right and International Influences in the 2017 German Elections 

(ISD Global, December 2017)

Fabric Media chief executive/founder Jason Damata led a discussion at NAB with two experts in the field of social media intelligence...Dr. John Kelly is chief executive at Graphika, which turns “network relationships into dynamic maps of social influence, enabling precision targeting and action to drive business results.”

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"How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics" 

(The New York Times, Technology,  October 2017)

John W. Kelly, the founder of Graphika, a commercial analytics company in New York, said the Russians appeared to have a consistent strategy across different platforms. Graphika has tracked thousands of social media accounts whose content closely tracks Russian information operations, promoting articles and videos about WikiLeaks dumps of stolen emails and “false flag” conspiracies about Syrian chemical weapons.


"Russian operatives used Twitter and Facebook to target veterans and military personnel"

(The Washington Post, The Switch, October 2017) 

Researchers found fake or slanted news from Russian-controlled accounts are mixing with a wide range of legitimate content consumed by veterans and active-duty personnel in their Facebook and Twitter news feeds. These groups were found to be reading and sharing articles on conservative political thought, articles on right-wing politics in Europe and writing touting various conspiracy theories.