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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 the first presidential debate. But the team of academics, led by Oxford University professor Philip Howard, also found that 33% of pro-Trump traffic was driven by bots and highly automated accounts, compared to 22% for Clinton.

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