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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 […]

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 […]