Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote
The project’s research into the Brexit referendum was covered in the New Scientist.
Watch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about automated social media accounts that might be trying to sway the vote.
Philip Howard at Oxford University and Bence Kollanyi at Corvinus University have discovered bot accounts furiously sharing and promoting messages supportive of both the Remain and Leave sides.