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Thu May 21, 2020, 01:56 PM

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

NPR:

Nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic are likely bots, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said Wednesday.

Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans.

It is too early to say conclusively which individuals or groups are behind the bot accounts, but researchers said the tweets appeared aimed at sowing division in America.

"We do know that it looks like it's a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks, but it would take a tremendous amount of resources to substantiate that," said Kathleen Carley, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University who is conducting a study into bot-generated coronavirus activity on Twitter that has yet to be published.

Researchers identified more than 100 false narratives about COVID-19 that are proliferating on Twitter by accounts controlled by bots.

Among the misinformation disseminated by bot accounts: tweeted conspiracy theories about hospitals being filled with mannequins or tweets that connected the spread of the coronavirus to 5G wireless towers, a notion that is patently untrue.

Such bogus ideas on the Internet have caused real-world harm. In England, dozens of wireless towers have been set on fire in acts officials believe have been fueled by false conspiracy theories linking the rollout of 5G technology to the coronavirus.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/05/20/859814085/researchers-nearly-half-of-accounts-tweeting-about-coronavirus-are-likely-bots

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Reply Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots (Original post)
yaesu May 21 OP
Historic NY May 21 #1
Indykatie May 21 #5
The Magistrate May 21 #2
Girard442 May 21 #3
Squinch May 21 #4
DinahMoeHum May 21 #6
Squinch May 21 #7
Squinch May 21 #8

Response to yaesu (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:01 PM

1. They easily recognized...

Twitter is slow to respond. So I report and Block. The other night full blown hardcore porn was running on Twitter. Reporting and blocking got and immediate response.

BotSentinel.com putsout daily reports

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #1)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:22 PM

5. BotSentinal is an Excellent Tool - I Use It Daily to Check Out Suspected Trolls and Bots on Twitter

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Response to yaesu (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:03 PM

2. Surely The Platforms Can Shut These Down, Ma'am

If researchers can detect them, the same ability must reside with the proprietors. In fact, it is hard to see any benefit the proprietors might gain from tolerating the things. If it is simply that inflating figures lets them charge advertisers more, since none of these machine accounts represents the slightest possibility of a sale, the advertisers would be willing to pay the same as they are now to reach the same cohort of real customers they really are reaching.

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Response to yaesu (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:06 PM

3. It's not rocket science. People spreading false info re:COVID are our enemies.

They are trying to hurt us.

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Response to yaesu (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:22 PM

4. Twitter and Facebook are scourges on humanity.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Thu May 21, 2020, 02:38 PM

6. Now you know why I don't have an account with either. . .

. . .never have and never will.

I don't swim in dirty water.





#newrostrong

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #6)

Thu May 21, 2020, 03:13 PM

7. Me either. Never wanted one and now I know why.

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Response to DinahMoeHum (Reply #6)

Thu May 21, 2020, 03:14 PM

8. But Dinah, things are looking much better in our neck of the woods

aren't they?

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