Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots

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Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/05/21/1002105/covid-bot-twitter-accounts-push-to-reopen-america/

In a new study, the researchers have found that bots may account for between 45 and 60% of Twitter accounts discussing covid-19. Many of those accounts were created in February and have since been spreading and amplifying misinformation, including false medical advice, conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus, and pushes to end stay-at-home orders and reopen America.

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

I think you could safely make that assertion regarding anything trending on Twitter.

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dandyfopp

They are very easy to spot.

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deegw

There are some who apparently have trouble. But it's the mask wearers who are the sheeple.

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maifleur03

When the comments are duplicates of other posters I have always considered those posters to be bots. The only question I have is are they mechanical, someone using a list of sites, or is a work from home group that the more postings that they make the more money they receive. There may be a few that just parrot the latest talking points but those are in the minority.

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Stan Areted

Earlier, the narrative was that more than half of twitter accounts about COVID were bots.

Now it's about reopening the country.

DOESN'T MATTER. Tweet tweet.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

amplifying misinformation, including false medical advice, conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus, and pushes to end stay-at-home orders and reopen America.

Quite a bit of this has found its way onto Hot Topics.

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Ziemia(6a)

Of course they are. For example, Guv Whitmer polls went up after the invasion of the State House by gun-toting protesters. And they really approve of her decisions - she even has support among Trump supporters.

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Ziemia(6a)

Jonnygun, agree totally. Nearly everything that blows up on Twitter is boosted by bots.

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lurker111

I remember when they removed the fake accounts from FB. Trump lost about 5 million followers. Hillary lost over 20 million. lol

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ak_ok(6b)

My account is constantly flagged for "bot like activity" and I'm suspended. This "study" means nothing.

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abzzybee(9/10 S. Florida)

^^^^ maybe you're really an AI bot?

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jmm1837

Maybe she's inadvertently retweeting bot-origin tweets.

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ubro(2a)

I remember when they removed the fake accounts from FB. Trump lost about 5 million followers. Hillary lost over 20 million. lol

Many of those who follow Trump do so to be informed of his next insane tweet.

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Olychick

Is this the twitter purge you're referring to? 10,000 bots pretending to be Democrats trying to harm Hillary's campaign?


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-twitter-exclusive/exclusive-twitter-deletes-over-10000-accounts-that-sought-to-discourage-u-s-voting-idUSKCN1N72FA

or this? the 50k+ accounts linked to Russia harming Clinton?

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/19/twitter-admits-far-more-russian-bots-posted-on-election-than-it-had-disclosed

or the 9 million Russian bots released to affect the election?

https://www.vox.com/2018/10/19/17990946/twitter-russian-trolls-bots-election-tampering

or this that claims 60% of the Pandemic President's followers are fake?

https://qz.com/1422395/how-many-of-donald-trumps-twitter-followers-are-fake/

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gsciencechick(8a NC/SC border)

I make it a point to only follow real people and organizations. I am also careful who and what I RT or like since it is a professional account.


I will get these weird bots that follow me with names like JoeG773301. They follow women only so they are super creepy. I block them as soon as I realize it's a bot. But, yes, tons of bots.


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