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Trump’s Twitter debate lead was ‘swelled by bots’

Published on
19 Oct 2016
Written by
Philip Howard

The project’s research into the US election and presidential debates was covered in the BBC.

More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study says.

The investigation was led by Prof Philip Howard, from the University of Oxford, and is part of a wider project exploring “computational propaganda”.

The bots exaggerated support for the Republican, it suggests, but Trump would still have won a higher number of supportive tweets even if they had not.

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