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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots
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Cracking the stealth political influence of bots

Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists can analyze […]

Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’
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Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back but outnumbered in second debate’

Helped with a BBC story on the battles between candidate bots. The suspected bot accounts tweeted more than 1.7 million times on the days of the debates and the next three days. The study warns they might “polarise” online debate and “muddy” issues. The work was led by Prof Philip Howard, […]

One in four debate tweets comes from a bot. Here’s how to spot them.
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One in four debate tweets comes from a bot. Here’s how to spot them.

Our research was featured in the Washington Post online: Philip Howard has a fancy name for partisan election bots. He calls them “computational propaganda” — and lately, he sees them a lot.

A third of pro-Trump tweets are generated by bots
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A third of pro-Trump tweets are generated by bots

Our research was featured in a piece on the CNN Money site. Donald Trump is more popular than Hillary Clinton on Twitter — with both humans and machines. University researchers who track political activity on Twitter have found that traffic on pro-Trump hashtags was twice as high as pro-Clinton hashtags during […]