The project’s research was covered by Tech Insider.
More recently, bots are being used by governments mimic social media users and manipulate public opinion.
In 2015, more than 40 countries deployed political bots, says Samuel Woolley, a PhD candidate at the University of Washington. His team has logged more than 100 cases of bots designed to sway elections, pad follower counts, or spread propaganda during political crises.
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