Political bots are poisoning democracy – so, off with their heads
Our case study series was covered in an article published in the Conversation:
Propaganda bots posing as people are increasingly being used on social media to sway public opinion around the world. So says new research from the University of Oxford’s Internet Institute, which found automated accounts and other forms of social media propaganda are rife in Russia, the US and Germany among other countries.
This follows a flurry of material about bots and the UK election. One seminal work, which came from the same institute, showed that Twitter traffic had been dominated by material related to Labour and that automated accounts were predominantly using hashtags associated with the party. The research did not look at whether they were for or against Labour.
Read the full article in The Conversation.