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, […]
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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 […]
Contributed to BBC story on the use of social media for propaganda war. Philip Howard, professor of communication at Central European University and University of Washington, says Hamas and the IDF both know that they have a wide audience, but that the bulk of their online followers come from overseas. […]