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Friday, May 22, 2020

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. They follow well-worn patterns of coordinated influence campaigns, and their strategy is already working: since the beginning of the crisis, the researchers have observed a greater polarization in Twitter discourse around the topic.

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The effectiveness of the propaganda model in an age of mass communication remains the most important political lesson of the twentieth century.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-22 03:35 PM | Reply

The Trump-Russia connection strikes again!

#2 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-05-22 04:29 PM | Reply

Unless you desperately want to know what the rich famous and Idol and worthless think Twitter is kind of useless at this point.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2020-05-22 07:40 PM | Reply

100% of Twitter "stay closed" accounts are sheeple.

#3 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Did you inject your Trump brand Bleach today? Don't forget it prevents Coronavirus!

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-22 08:20 PM | Reply

"Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts May Be Bots"

FTFY

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-05-22 08:52 PM | Reply

@#6 ... FTFY...

From the cited article...

...Across US and foreign elections, natural disasters, and other politicized events, the level of bot involvement is normally between 10 and 20%...

[emphasis mine]



#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-05-22 09:00 PM | Reply

At least they keep the morons company...

#9 | Posted by censored at 2020-05-22 10:29 PM | Reply

Of course they are, likely funded by Russians.

#10 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-22 10:34 PM | Reply

Wow, this is such a surprise. Who would have thought? If only we had been warned this would happen.

#11 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2020-05-23 01:22 AM | Reply

100% of Twitter "stay closed" accounts are sheeple.

#3 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Convincing yourself you're an "independent thinker" is the surest way to be a true follower. You're simply following the other "independent thinkers".

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-23 01:58 AM | Reply

Yep

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-23 05:27 PM | Reply

More than half registered Republican voters are Bots.

#14 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-05-23 05:31 PM | Reply

The whole conservative movement is built on Astroturf and Crisis Actors.
The FCC's "public comments" on Net Neutrality is just one example.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 06:43 PM | Reply

A lot of the accounts supporting the CCP vision for Hong Kong have 10 followers or less, created in May 2020...

#16 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-05-24 10:49 AM | Reply

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