Incident 243: Bots Allegedly Made up Roughly Half of Twitter Accounts in Discussions Surrounding COVID-19 Related Issues

Description: Bots by anonymous actors were found by researchers to make up roughly half of Twitter accounts participating in COVID-19 discussions, many of which posted tweets about “reopening America“.


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Alleged: unknown developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Twitter , Twitter Users and Twitter users participating in COVID-19 discussions.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found · 2020

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 …

Twitter Bots Drove the Push to 'Reopen America,' Study Finds · 2020

This might not come as a surprise if you ever use Twitter, but it turns out bots are driving the push to “reopen America” on the platform.

According to Business Insider, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that about half of m…


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