Politics The Bots Are Back!

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  1. wizenheimer

    wizenheimer Well-Known Member

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    and just in time to help trump again:

    "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."
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    "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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    "These same bots are also pushing stories that deaths due to COVID-19 are being overcounted, that medical workers and hospitals are exaggerating the scale of the pandemic, that hospital rooms are filled with crisis actors or even mannequins to make the situation seem far worse than it is. The bots are both originating and repeating more than 100 different categories of false stories about COVID-19, the pandemic, and the steps needed to fight the disease."
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    "If any of that seems like a repeat, it’s because that was exactly Russia’s 2016 playbook. And that’s not a great surprise. Because this isn’t some random group of bots cobbled together by hackers just for kicks. The scale of this effort is huge, the messages are coordinated, and the impact has already been felt nationwide. According to CMU professor Kathleen Carley, “...it looks like it's a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches the Russian and Chinese playbooks.”"
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    https://www.cs.cmu.edu/news/nearly-half-twitter-accounts-discussing-‘reopening-america’-may-be-bots

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...by-propaganda-using-the-2016-Russian-playbook

    I need a bot to pull weeds and take the trash out on Tuesday nights, not incite fools to lug assault weapons into the supermarket. But no suc luck
     
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    julius Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Aw man, I was hoping this was about MST3K.
     
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    julius Global Moderator Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Btw, if this tells you one thing, it should tell you that Americans are fucking idiots.
     
  4. magnifier661

    magnifier661 B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

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    That same analytics names my account as a bot account, so I don’t trust it one bit.
     
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    cutting and pasting and liking bot material will get you on the list...you are a bot conduit mags...be more careful!
     
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    magnifier661 B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

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    Actually, nope... I have original content on my Twitter. Thanks for playing though.
     
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    If you're not a bot how many fingers am I holding up?
     
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    Minstrel Top Of The Pops Global Moderator

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    Adding a "LOL" or "SAD" or "Facts don't care about your feelings" to a meme doesn't make it original content, though.

    Sorry, mags, but facts don't care about your feelings.
     
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    I don't do twitter but I've seen your barrage of nat'l enquirer editorials here....playing is what that is....I don't sheeple off propaganda...it's why you have a hard time separating the conversations from left and right.....there's another point of view you're just missing completely. I welcome original conversations about topics....you have a video game approach to these things from my view..need an enemy to point a weapon at. yeah....I don't play those games but I do observe and weigh in with my own views.....as a non Democrat....the GOP has lost any sense of respect it could have cultivated by insult, corruption and cover up....the republican party is one fucked up party that has no intention of unifying America
     
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    Can’t say I believe anything out of that article. There is really no way to accurately determine if something is a “bot” or not. They are more or less using their best judgment, which is probably poor at best, and definitely biased.
     
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    ^Not a bot!^
     
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    I'm naming my next dog Notabot
     
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    Yeah, but you have to admit Sly is kind of unique in his ability to hold up the middle claw.
     
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    How long before someone comes up with SlyPokerBot?
     
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    He drops those all over his neighbors’ lawns.
     
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    I thought those were SlyPokerBombs
     
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    Well, Sly is a pretty fart smeller, I mean, pretty smart feller.
     
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    Hoopguru Know where you are going or end up somewhere else!

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    Youve heard of Rocky Rover? well Sly produces Sly Sludge
     
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