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


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