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(NPR)   Half of all Twitter accounts Tweeting about the coronavirus are bots. The other half are Russian trolls   (npr.org) divider line
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1963 clicks; posted to Main » and Politics » on 21 May 2020 at 12:11 PM (4 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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4 days ago  
And Dempsey could easily shut this sh*t down because he's a spineless libertarian piece of subhuman garbage.
 
4 days ago  
These foreign bots keep crossing our borders and injecting themselves into our society and they don't even have identification, they can't drive, and they don't work in our factories slashing chicken necks for $3/hr. They don't spawn children or they abort them so they provide no new children to feed to our military war machine, but they all seem to really love guns, which is scary. Many of them are rapists, probably. We don't really know how widespread bot rape is because it's all underreported.

What we need is a big wall to keep out all the foreign bots.
 
4 days ago  
Getting your news from Twitter is like getting your drinking water from the sewer.
 
4 days ago  
As I have long said on Twitter, "Why are you Twits following me?" Most of them, obviously, are bots and spiders and stuff.
 
4 days ago  

iToad: Getting your news from Twitter is like getting your drinking water from the sewer.


Did you know you can get much funnier news for just $5/month, and it's almost as good as drinking water straight from the roadside ditch?
 
4 days ago  

iToad: Getting your news from Twitter is like getting your drinking water from the sewer.


There are a lot of people around here that drink from a sewer.
 
4 days ago  
Yeah? That's an inteteresting number considering how politicized this has become... Bots right? Half of Twitter accounts that mention the virus?

Maybe we could use some more detail on bot-like typing.
 
4 days ago  
Why are people still wasting their time on Twitter?  It has been a cesspool for years.
 
4 days ago  
Looks like this thread has the same ratio thus far.
 
4 days ago  
Twitter is the new 4chan.
 
4 days ago  
Duh
 
4 days ago  
ever noticed how all these "studies" and stories about how "bots" are generated in relation to some hyped media frenzy always seem to be from the side that the media demonizes?

funny that.
 
4 days ago  
 
4 days ago  
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MAKE SURE YOU ONLY TWEET THE ONES WHO COUGH.
 
4 days ago  

Visual Howlaround Title Sequence: And Dempsey could easily shut this sh*t down because he's a spineless libertarian piece of subhuman garbage.


Shouting fire in a crowded theater is free speech if you're a Republican
 
4 days ago  
I thought Skynet would be a lot smarter and more ruthless than this.  This Skynet sucks!
 
4 days ago  
We've been talking about twitter (and FB) bots for four years. And people are still falling for it.
 
4 days ago  
The only use I have for twitter is to get around customer support at companies who are being stupid.

Can we just nuke it and put us out of our misery?
 
4 days ago  
Twitter is a national security risk and should be treated as such.  Dempsey should be being dragged in front of Congress but this timeline seems to preclude any jackasses from getring their comeuppance (except that faith healing pastor in another thread).
 
4 days ago  
The problem is not enough real people are trolling on the Internet.
 
4 days ago  
What the article fails to mention is all the times LIBERALS did the exact same thing only WORSE! Click here for more eye-shattering news that the LAMESTREAM MEDIA doesn't want you to read!
 
4 days ago  

flart blooger: ever noticed how all these "studies" and stories about how "bots" are generated in relation to some hyped media frenzy always seem to be from the side that the media demonizes?

funny that.


I think you have injected enough bleach for today.
 
4 days ago  
Normal people don't say things on Twitter. Or when they do, nobody reads it. You have to be famous, or have a following of some kind, or at least lead a group, or be a robot.
Twitter has its usefulness - for a normal person, this means checking to see if your knitting club is meeting this weekend or not, or looking at a comedian's funny comment while you're sitting at the bar. That's about it.
If you're getting pandemic news from randos on Twitter (regardless of their message), there's something wrong with you.
 
4 days ago  
Understanding Fear-Based Media

Sensationalism panders to the emotional masses. Fear, anger, and hate have more control over more people than logic and reason. And we all know sociopaths run large corporation. At the end of the day all the hotshots care about is their high score.
 
4 days ago  
If anyone told you 20 years ago that a private, US company would build a propaganda machine that funneled Russian disinformation about a deadly plague to the US and that the President not only was ok with this but was that same machine's #1 user would you have believed them?

The Soviets were right- capitalism will sell its own destruction to itself
 
4 days ago  
Users and manipulators.

Think of them not as bots or Russians. That is unkind to bots and Russians.

Call them by their screed: users and manipulators.
 
4 days ago  

KitchenBacon: flart blooger: ever noticed how all these "studies" and stories about how "bots" are generated in relation to some hyped media frenzy always seem to be from the side that the media demonizes?

funny that.

I think you have injected enough bleach for today.


However, that mini mag light in your drawer is calling your name....
 
4 days ago  

strathmeyer: The problem is not enough real people are trolling on the Internet.


Trolling used to be an art. No one puts any real effort into it these days
 
4 days ago  

Glockenspiel Hero: If anyone told you 20 years ago that a private, US company would build a propaganda machine that funneled Russian disinformation about a deadly plague to the US and that the President not only was ok with this but was that same machine's #1 user would you have believed them?

The Soviets were right- capitalism will sell its own destruction to itself


20 years ago, yes. Because the right-wing propaganda machine was running strong 20 years ago too.
I remember Rush Limbaugh's TV Show in the early 90's. The machine has been going strong a long time.
 
4 days ago  

fark'emfeed'emfish: Yeah? That's an inteteresting number considering how politicized this has become... Bots right? Half of Twitter accounts that mention the virus?

Maybe we could use some more detail on bot-like typing.


They go into it in the article.  They explain their process and how they determine it.
 
4 days ago  

Begoggle: Glockenspiel Hero: If anyone told you 20 years ago that a private, US company would build a propaganda machine that funneled Russian disinformation about a deadly plague to the US and that the President not only was ok with this but was that same machine's #1 user would you have believed them?

The Soviets were right- capitalism will sell its own destruction to itself

20 years ago, yes. Because the right-wing propaganda machine was running strong 20 years ago too.
I remember Rush Limbaugh's TV Show in the early 90's. The machine has been going strong a long time.


As long as there has been persons in power with a need to make subjects believe the way more desired by a leader or group, there has been propaganda.
I am sure it predates the Roman empire.
 
4 days ago  
What about the third half, huh?
 
4 days ago  
So what's the other
half??
 
4 days ago  

Glockenspiel Hero: If anyone told you 20 years ago that a private, US company would build a propaganda machine that funneled Russian disinformation about a deadly plague to the US and that the President not only was ok with this but was that same machine's #1 user would you have believed them?

The Soviets were right- capitalism will sell its own destruction to itself


how, in any way can the argument be made that the russian government is A.) putting out disinfo about the plague....and B.) that it somehow benefits the russian government?
 
4 days ago  

edmo: We've been talking about twitter (and FB) bots for four years. And people are still falling for it.


And the irony being the people who keep falling for it happen to be the ones who call everyone else sheep.
 
4 days ago  
researchers said the tweets appeared aimed at sowing division in America.


Mission accomplished twitterbots
 
4 days ago  

flart blooger: ever noticed how all these "studies" and stories about how "bots" are generated in relation to some hyped media frenzy always seem to be from the side that the media demonizes?

funny that.


I wonder why that is.  Very strange indeed.

People sowing dissent based off of misinformation being demonized.  Weird.
 
4 days ago  
So then maybe it's a bad idea to base any sort of discussion around the dumbest points you could possibly make?

I've never understood the influence of Twitter.  It's got a small user base but somehow it's become the go to platform for news channels to fluff their story like they went out and actually interviewed people.
 
4 days ago  
In the meantime, please continue green lighting Twitter links.

/Twitter is garbage.
 
4 days ago  

DubtodaIll: So then maybe it's a bad idea to base any sort of discussion around the dumbest points you could possibly make?

I've never understood the influence of Twitter.  It's got a small user base but somehow it's become the go to platform for news channels to fluff their story like they went out and actually interviewed people.


The influence of Twitter?

I would never have known Twitter was a cesspool of misinformation unless the news reported on it.

Still wouldn't have known unless Fark greened the news story.

There's an awful amount of "media" that gives stupidity CPR.
 
4 days ago  

DubtodaIll: So then maybe it's a bad idea to base any sort of discussion around the dumbest points you could possibly make?

I've never understood the influence of Twitter.  It's got a small user base but somehow it's become the go to platform for news channels to fluff their story like they went out and actually interviewed people.


Because you can run stories about shiat that's trending on twatter without having to do any actual work or spending any time or money investigating.  If #britneybleachedherbutthole gets enough retweets you can run a story about it trending as if it's true to get the sensationalist clicks and avoiding liability if it's false.  You reported on it trending, not on whether or not it's true.
 
4 days ago  

dkulprit: fark'emfeed'emfish: Yeah? That's an inteteresting number considering how politicized this has become... Bots right? Half of Twitter accounts that mention the virus?

Maybe we could use some more detail on bot-like typing.

They go into it in the article.  They explain their process and how they determine it.


True,

"Using a so-called bot-hunter tool, researchers flagged accounts that tweet more than is humanly possible or claim to be in multiple countries within a few hours' period. Researchers say they examine a Twitter account's followers, frequency of tweeting and how often the user is mentioned on the platform in determining whether the tweeter is a bot account."

But let's just say I'm skeptical that these metrics are finely tuned and exclusively applied.
 
4 days ago  
Half of all Twitter accounts Tweeting about the coronavirus are bots. The other half are Russian Ukrainian trolls.
Somebody needs to study their geography.

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4 days ago  
You think?
 
4 days ago  

strathmeyer: The problem is not enough real people are trolling on the Internet.


time to pick up the slack.  or hang out in poltab--choice is on the table
 
4 days ago  

flart blooger: Glockenspiel Hero: If anyone told you 20 years ago that a private, US company would build a propaganda machine that funneled Russian disinformation about a deadly plague to the US and that the President not only was ok with this but was that same machine's #1 user would you have believed them?

The Soviets were right- capitalism will sell its own destruction to itself

how, in any way can the argument be made that the russian government is A.) putting out disinfo about the plague....and B.) that it somehow benefits the russian government?


I cant make you use the google machine so I won't.  Lets just say the answer is just outside of your echo chamber.
 
4 days ago  

fark'emfeed'emfish: dkulprit: fark'emfeed'emfish: Yeah? That's an inteteresting number considering how politicized this has become... Bots right? Half of Twitter accounts that mention the virus?

Maybe we could use some more detail on bot-like typing.

They go into it in the article.  They explain their process and how they determine it.

True,

"Using a so-called bot-hunter tool, researchers flagged accounts that tweet more than is humanly possible or claim to be in multiple countries within a few hours' period. Researchers say they examine a Twitter account's followers, frequency of tweeting and how often the user is mentioned on the platform in determining whether the tweeter is a bot account."

But let's just say I'm skeptical that these metrics are finely tuned and exclusively applied.


Bot detected
 
4 days ago  

KitchenBacon: I cant make you use the google machine so I won't.  Lets just say the answer is just outside of your echo chamber.


that's a sound argument.

these are not the bots you are looking for.
 
4 days ago  

flart blooger: ever noticed how all these "studies" and stories about how "bots" are generated in relation to some hyped media frenzy always seem to be from the side that the media demonizes?


You're right that media outlets like Fox and talk radio demonize the left. But I don't recall them ever running a story about liberal bots. So it's not clear what you're talking about.
 
4 days ago  

bdub77: These foreign bots keep crossing our borders and injecting themselves into our society and they don't even have identification, they can't drive, and they don't work in our factories slashing chicken necks for $3/hr. They don't spawn children or they abort them so they provide no new children to feed to our military war machine, but they all seem to really love guns, which is scary. Many of them are rapists, probably. We don't really know how widespread bot rape is because it's all underreported.

What we need is a big wall to keep out all the foreign bots.


Racist.
 
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