Political bots

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Automated Pro-Trump Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

An automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to one in the days leading up to the presidential election, according to a report published Thursday by researchers at Oxford University.

The chatbots — basic software programs with a bit of artificial intelligence and rudimentary communication skills — would send messages on Twitter based on a topic, usually defined on the social network by a word preceded by a hashtag symbol, like #Clinton.

Read more in the New York Times.

Bence KollanyiNew York TimesNewsPhil HowardSamuel C. WoolleyUS ElectionUSA

Samuel Woolley Samuel Woolley • 18th November 2016


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