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Partisan Twitter bots distorting U.S. presidential candidates’ popularity
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Partisan Twitter bots distorting U.S. presidential candidates’ popularity

Our research was featured on the CBC National News, and in this online piece. Thousands of automated accounts — known as bots — flood site with messages for and against candidates.  @loserDonldTrump wasn’t born yesterday. It was actually the day before. Just after 3 p.m. ET on October 18, the baby […]

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.

NETZ­PO­LI­TIK Digitale Dreckschleudern
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NETZ­PO­LI­TIK Digitale Dreckschleudern

Our research was featured in Spiegel Online: Automatische Bots verzerren politische Diskussionen in sozialen Netzwerken und können Wahlen beeinflussen. Die Kanzlerin hält sie für gefährlich, die AfD will sie einsetzen.

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 […]