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Cracking the Stealth Political Influence of Bots

Published on
30 Oct 2016
Written by
Philip Howard

The project’s research was covered on PBS.

Among the millions of real people tweeting about the presidential race, there are also a lot accounts operated by fake people, or “bots.” Politicians and regular users alike use these accounts to increase their follower bases and push messages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports on how computer scientists can analyze Twitter handles to determine whether or not they are bots.

Watch the full program here.

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