Political bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the World of Bots, and the Journalistic Implications of Using Them

Bot or not? Vice’s Motherboard has a piece up today — a “botifesto,” if you will (or if you must) — that gives a comprehensive rundown of just how useful, harmful, and ultimately inescapable bots are to our digital lives. Bots, “[g]enerally speaking these sets of algorithms are responsible for so much on the backend…

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5 Countries That Use Bots to Spread Political Propaganda

Bots, or bits of code that automatically post to social media, are integral to the Internet. Google uses bots to crawl search results, and businesses use them to post automated messages. More recently, bots are being used by governments mimic social media users and manipulate public opinion. Read more in Tech Insider.

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Social and political bots have a small but strategic role in Venezuelan political conversations. These automated scripts generate content through social media platforms and then interact with people. In this preliminary study on the use of political bots in Venezuela, we analyze the tweeting, following and retweeting patterns for the accounts of prominent Venezuelan politicians…

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Venezuela Ruling Party Leverages Twitter bots as Censorship Pushes Political Debate Online

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s approval ratings may be languishing below 30 percent, but on Twitter he’s as popular as Pope Francis — or so it would seem. The socialist South American leader regularly sets social media afire with support, with heavily trending anti-U.S. campaigns such #ObamaYankeeGoHome and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder, which denounced U.S….

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Bad News Bots: How Civil Society Can Combat Automated Online Propaganda

It’s no secret that governments and political actors now make use of social robots or bots—automated scripts that produce content and mimic real users. Faux social media accounts now spread pro-governmental messages, beef up web site follower numbers, and causeartificial trends. Bot-generated propaganda and misdirection has become a worldwide political strategy. Robotic lobbying tactics have…

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Let’s Make Candidates Pledge Not to Use Bots

Bots — chunks of computer code that generate messages and replicate themselves — have been infecting political discourse around the world. They have been spotted try to influence elections in the United Kingdom, Mexico and just recently, South Korea. Politicians there have been using bots to torment their opponents, muddle political conversations, and misdirect debate….

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