(This originally appeared as Facebook and Twitter’s real sin goes beyond spreading fake news.) Social media companies are taking heat for influencing the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election and Brexit referendum by allowing fake news, misinformation campaigns and hate speech to spread. But Facebook and Twitter’s real sin was […]
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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 […]
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, […]
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 […]