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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 […]

Donald Trump support during presidential debate was inflated by bots, professor says
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Donald Trump support during presidential debate was inflated by bots, professor says

Our research was featured in the Independent: The robot tweets helped give the appearance that Mr Trump had more support than he did, according to Professor Howard. That apparent surge in support was referenced repeatedly by Mr Trump, who claimed that despite what the official polling showed he had actually […]

Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’
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Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’

Our research on highly automated Twitter account activity during the first U.S. Presidential debate was covered for the BBC Online by Shiroma Silva in “Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots.” More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around […]

Un « bot » Twitter imite Donald Trump pour mieux le dénoncer
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Un « bot » Twitter imite Donald Trump pour mieux le dénoncer

Helped with a story for Le Monde, on bots and computational propaganda. Mais Donald Trump sait lui aussi tirer profit des bots. Le chercheur d’Oxford Philip Howard, qui s’intéresse à la « propagande computationnelle », a analysé les tweets publiés autour du débat entre les deux candidats à la présidentielle américaine, rapporte […]