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  • Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found

    Sort of like the Orange Mane.


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    • There's been a surge in bot activity in the past month in online discussions about reopening America from COVID-19 shutdowns, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said this week.
    • The researchers analyzed over 200 million tweets discussing COVID-19 and found that roughly half the accounts were likely bots.
    • They identified the bots by looking for accounts that tweeted more frequently than humanly possible or whose location appeared to rapidly switch among different countries.
    • It's unclear who's behind the surge in bot activity or whether they're originating from the US or abroad.

    As parts of the US have lifted shutdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been a fierce argument online about the risks and benefits of reopening. New research suggests that bots have been dominating that debate.

    Carnegie Mellon University researchers analyzed over 200 million tweets discussing COVID-19 and related issues since January and found that roughly half the accounts — including 62% of the 1,000 most influential retweeters — appeared to be bots, they said in a report published this week.

    That's a far higher level of bot activity than usual, even when it comes to contentious events — the level of bot involvement in discussions about things like US elections or natural disasters is typically 10% to 20%.

    The researchers identified bots using artificial-intelligence systems that analyze accounts' frequency of tweets, number of followers, and apparent location.

    "Tweeting more frequently than is humanly possible or appearing to be in one country and then another a few hours later is indicative of a bot," Kathleen Carley, a computer-science professor who led the research, said in a release.

    "When we see a whole bunch of tweets at the same time or back to back, it's like they're timed," Carley added. "We also look for use of the same exact hashtag, or messaging that appears to be copied and pasted from one bot to the next."

    The researchers said they found that among tweets about "reopening America," 66% came from accounts that were possibly humans using bot assistants to spread their tweets more widely, while 34% came from bots.

    There are a few possible explanations for the surge in bot activity. People may have more time to set up elaborate bot networks during stay-at-home orders, and the availability of botnets for hire has exploded recently. Carley also said that the global nature of the pandemic meant that countries and interest groups were using it to advance political agendas.

    However, the researchers did not determine the origins of the bot activity or narrow down whether it was coming from foreign nation-state actors or from within the US.

    "Even if someone appears to be from your community, if you don't know them personally, take a closer look, and always go to authoritative or trusted sources for information," Carley said. "Just be very vigilant."

    https://www.businessinsider.com/near...eMYBSjcA4PxeDA

  • #2
    82% of the top accounts supporting the reopen push are bots in 'a propaganda machine'

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    A new study shows that when it comes to forcing workers to go back into offices, stores, and factories, almost half the online voices shouting for the “reopening of America” were, and are, bot accounts. Of the accounts that have tweeted most on this topic, more than half are bots. Of the most influential, almost all are bots. And behind the bots … is someone still unknown.


    The report comes out of Carnegie Mellon University. Digging through over 200 million tweets discussing COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus, researchers focused in on the most influential accounts—those most active, most retweeted, and most liked. Out of the top 1,000 accounts, 62% are bots. Perhaps even more amazing: of the 50 most influential accounts on this topic, 82% are bots.

    The bots may be numerous, but their message isn’t varied. They’re not being used to pass along accurate news about COVID-19, to encourage social distancing, or to support state government calls for preventive measures. In addition to pushing false cures, like Trump’s much-pushed hydroxychloroquine, and spreading general false information about the dangers of COVID-19, there’s one point where bots are driving the whole of social media. According to the report, they are “dominating conversations about ending stay-at-home orders and ‘reopening America.’”



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    • #3
      Bot army. In other words, tRump's campaign team.


      Despite overwhelming popular support for stay-at-home orders, there has been a strong push online to end lockdown measures—which one study found has been driven largely by bots.




      Bot Army Behind ‘Reopen America’ Push On Social Media, Study Finds

      Researchers at Carnegie Mellon analyzed more than 200 million tweets and found a strong prevalence of bots.







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      • #4
        Putin.

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        • #5
          You mean Twitter might be a worthless cesspool of ‘bot BS?

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          • #6
            And the people actually protesting all over the states for the reopening are also bots!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by strafen View Post
              And the people actually protesting all over the states for the reopening are also bots!
              those 100 thousand dead are probably all bots too, trump 2020, big unmasked rallies keep them coming !

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              • #8
                Originally posted by strafen View Post
                And the people actually protesting all over the states for the reopening are also bots!
                #AstroTurf

                Security Researchers Say The Reopen America Campaign Is Being Astroturfed

                https://www.forbes.com/sites/simonch.../#148593cc6506

                How Some Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Being Promoted by National Players With Ties to Trump

                https://time.com/5825840/anti-quaran...anizers-trump/

                Why the DeVos family's backing of the Michigan protests is no surprise

                https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...ghtwing-donors

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                • #9
                  The anti-quarantine protests seem spontaneous. But behind the scenes, a powerful network is helping.

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...703_story.html

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                  • #11
                    I think we're getting to the point with this POS like we finally did with Joe McCarthy, when Joe Welch asked him, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

                    BTW, how many knew that Roy Cohn, who was Joe McCarthy's chief counsel, shepherded Rupert Murdoch into American politics, engaged in dirty election tricks for Reagan using Roger Stone, also mentored and was a hero to the young Donald Trump (that is, before he was disbarred)?

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post

                      I think we're getting to the point with this POS like we finally did with Joe McCarthy, when Joe Welch asked him, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

                      BTW, how many knew that Roy Cohn, who was Joe McCarthy's chief counsel, shepherded Rupert Murdoch into American politics, engaged in dirty election tricks for Reagan using Roger Stone, also mentored and was a hero to the young Donald Trump (that is, before he was disbarred)?
                      When you believe you're "God's chosen," then you can justify any immoral or illegal act as a means to an end, i.e., "winning," apparently.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by Rohirrim View Post

                        BTW, how many knew that Roy Cohn, who was Joe McCarthy's chief counsel, shepherded Rupert Murdoch into American politics, engaged in dirty election tricks for Reagan using Roger Stone, also mentored and was a hero to the young Donald Trump (that is, before he was disbarred)?
                        Pretty crazy, isn't it -- here's a picture of the two sweethearts together.

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                        Bonus Bonus Fact: Trump was also buddy-buddy with another political ratf*cker, Lee Atwater:

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                        • #14
                          The most vile strain of sewer politics produced in this country over the last 70 years now controls the government.

                          And don't forget this slime ball:

                          But few figures in modern history have done more than Gingrich to lay the groundwork for Trump’s rise. During his two decades in Congress, he pioneered a style of partisan combat—replete with name-calling, conspiracy theories, and strategic obstructionism—that poisoned America’s political culture and plunged Washington into permanent dysfunction. Gingrich’s career can perhaps be best understood as a grand exercise in devolution—an effort to strip American politics of the civilizing traits it had developed over time and return it to its most primal essence. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...elcome/570832/

                          When Trump first began thinking seriously about running for president, he turned to Gingrich for advice. The two men had known each other for years—the Gingriches were members of Trump’s golf club in Virginia—and one morning in January 2015 they found themselves in Des Moines, Iowa, for a conservative conference. Over breakfast at the downtown Marriott, Trump peppered Newt and Callista with questions about running for president—most pressingly, how much it would cost him to fund a campaign through the South Carolina primary. Gingrich estimated that it would take about $70 million or $80 million to be competitive.

                          As Gingrich tells it, Trump considered this and then replied, “Seventy to 80 million—that would be a yacht. This would be a lot more fun than a yacht!”

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by strafen View Post
                            And the people actually protesting all over the states for the reopening are also bots!
                            To be fair, it's an incredibly tiny % of the population who are taking any part in the protest, and the organizers are being funded, so it's not a popular grassroots effort at all.

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