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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say
In The News / News Feature

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Our research was featured in this New York Times article on the U.S. Election and bots. SAN FRANCISCO — An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published […]

European Research Council
Policy Papers / Publications

Bots and Automation over Twitter during the Third U.S. Presidential Debate

Bots are social media accounts that automate interaction with other users, and political bots have been particularly active on public policy issues, political crises, and elections. We collected data on bot activity using the major hashtags related to the third U.S. Presidential debate. We find that automated pro-Trump accounts became […]

Review in Journal of Democracy
Book Reviews / Books

Review in Journal of Democracy

This essay appeared originally in July issue of the Journal of Democracy and is by Daniel O’Maley. What does the Internet mean for political systems, and for human freedom? During the 1990s and early 2000s, many social scientists equated the Internet’s spread with the supposed triumph of liberal democracy. Today, however, […]

Cracking the stealth political influence of bots
In The News / News Feature

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 […]