Sunday, 4 February 2018

How Twitter bots game social media

quote [ It should have become an indisputable fact that Russia launched a sophisticated, daring, aggressive campaign against the American public, and we’re as exposed as we ever were — if not more so, because now so many tools we might have sharpened to aid us in this fight seem blunted by the very people who should be honing their edge. There is no leadership. No one is building awareness of how these automated influence campaigns are being used against us. ]

TL;DR: It’s going to get worse before it gets better, and even that is probably being optimistic.

Excellent comparison of how natural trending versus bot amplification works/looks.

Provides several links for the whataboutists that might still believe it wasn’t Russia. (Hint: the bot’s human controllers keep Moscow office hours)
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Underrated]
[by Taxman@4:20pmGMT]


hellboy said @ 6:42pm GMT on 4th Feb [Score:1 Underrated]
You can't change the world
But you can change the facts
And when you change the facts
You change points of view
If you change points of view
You may change a vote
And when you change a vote
You may change the world

Depeche Mode - New dress
steele said @ 5:20pm GMT on 4th Feb
Taxman said @ 5:35pm GMT on 4th Feb
steele said @ 5:40pm GMT on 4th Feb
Yeah, there is no slaying trolls except through suppression. All arguing or "educating" does is give their ideas more exposure to people that are vulnerable to them.
arrowhen said @ 5:51pm GMT on 4th Feb
Maybe the internet should come with a warning label so people with troll allergies will know to stay the fuck off it.
steele said @ 5:53pm GMT on 4th Feb
So humanity then?
steele said[1] @ 5:24pm GMT on 4th Feb
Nevermind, looks like the gallery got killed.
bobolink said @ 5:54pm GMT on 4th Feb
This was a nice tidbit:
lilmookieesquire said @ 6:59am GMT on 5th Feb
bbqkink said @ 6:15pm GMT on 4th Feb
Between January 2 and January 13, we examined 97 unique articles that were among the top URLs shared by Kremlin-oriented accounts on Twitter

Content Tweeted by Bots and Trolls
Activity from 600 monitored Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations
bbqkink said[1] @ 7:28pm GMT on 4th Feb
Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let Facebook brainwash readers into thinking it was their source of information.

How Facebook stole the news business
steele said @ 7:35pm GMT on 4th Feb [Score:4 Underrated]
bbqkink said @ 10:08pm GMT on 4th Feb
In another bid to quell criticism that its platform is overrun with misinformation, YouTube said Friday that it would start labeling news broadcasters' videos that receive at least some government or public funding.

The move comes a year after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailed how Russian state broadcaster RT racked up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube promoting Kremlin propaganda.

YouTube will start labeling videos that receive government funding
Seneki said @ 5:32am GMT on 5th Feb
Shell companies.
Seneki said @ 9:57am GMT on 6th Feb
Is it just me or are there some notable absentees in this post's comments section?
Taxman said @ 11:33am GMT on 6th Feb
The battle was fought and lost in another thread. If you are referring to who I think you are.
Seneki said @ 8:44pm GMT on 6th Feb
I probably am, but I didnt think it would stop them from continuing anyway.
Seneki said @ 8:44pm GMT on 6th Feb
I should learn how to use the reply button properly too...

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