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Twitter’s misinformation problem will never disappear as long as bots exist

Christopher Bouzy, creator of Bot Sentinel, told Digital Trends. “Inauthentic accounts are sharing and amplifying this stuff 24/7, and millions of legitimate users are exposed to this stuff. First, nefarious individuals usually buy old accounts on the black market. These accounts are mostly abandoned hacked accounts, or accounts created years ago for some other purpose and are no longer needed. Then these accounts are made to look like something they are not. It can be a supporter of a candidate, a BLM activist, or any other countless personas.” More >>

Digital Trends (May 4, 2020)

How Hollywood Weaponizes Fake News For Cash, And The 3 Kinds Of Fake News

The challenge is that technology enables extremely rapid spread. It’s why Facebook has limited WhatsApp message forwarding, so that technology doesn’t aid in the rapid spread of potentially dangerous messages, like WhatsApp-organized mob killings in India. And it’s something we’re dealing with right now, as Bot Sentinel found: bots are using hashtags like #ReOpenNC, #ReopenAmericaNow, #StopTheMadness, #ENDTHESHUTDOWN, and #OperationGridlock to spread disinformation. More >>

Forbes (May 4, 2020)

Trolls and bots are flooding social media with disinformation encouraging states to end quarantine

Christopher Bouzy, the founder of bot tracking platform Bot Sentinel, conducted a Twitter analysis for Business Insider and found bots and trolls are using hashtags like #ReOpenNC, #ReopenAmericaNow, #StopTheMadness, #ENDTHESHUTDOWN, and #OperationGridlock to spread disinformation. According to Bouzy, the bots and trolls are spreading conspiracy theories about Democrats wanting to hurt the economy to make Trump look bad, Democrats trying to take away people's civil liberties, and Democrats trying to prevent people from voting. More >>

Business Insider (April 24, 2020)

Random Toxicity? What’s Going on in @benjaminwittes’s Mentions

In the intervening months, I had also become aware of Bot Sentinel, a platform that classifies Twitter accounts based on their tendency to engage in misleading and coordinated behavior—in other words, their penchant to act like a troll on Twitter. More >>

LAWFARE (February 28, 2020)

Bots are waging a coronavirus disinformation campaign on social media

Christopher Bouzy, the founder of Bot Sentinel, did a Twitter analysis for Inverse and found these bots and trollbots are making an array of false claims. These bots are claiming China intentionally created the virus, that it's a biological weapon, that Democrats are overstating the threat to hurt Donald Trump and more. While we can't confirm the origin of these bots, they are decidedly pro-Trump. More >>

Inverse (February 27 2020)

Tweets by social media troll bots that target Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg spiked following his success in the Iowa caucus.

CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joined CBSN AM to break down the data behind the attack and why alleged troll bots target certain candidates. More >>

CBS (February 11, 2020)

Is There a Targeted Troll Campaign Against Lisa Page? A Bot Sentinel Investigation

“Homewrecker.” “Traitor.” “Tramp.” These are just some of the insults flung at Lisa Page—the former FBI lawyer whom President Trump has targeted for her text messages critical of him during the 2016 election—in the almost 4,000 responses to a tweet she posted on Jan. 18. More >>

LAWFARE (January 22, 2020)

Bots are pushing conspiracy theories about Australia's fires

Christopher Bouzy, the founder of Bot Sentinel, helped Inverse look into the #ArsonEmergency hashtag and the general bot and troll behavior surrounding the fires in Australia. Bot Sentinel is a platform that detects and tracks bots and trolls. More >>

Inverse (January 8, 2020)

The Middle East Was Already a Powder Keg of Misinformation. Trump Just Lit the Match.

Christopher Bouzy, a software engineer who runs Bot Sentinel, a platform that evaluates Twitter accounts for inauthentic behavior, saw similar overlap between the MAGA internet and anti-regime content. Bouzy published a dataset Monday of more than 460 Twitter accounts reeking of phoniness that had recently shared hashtags such as #Make_Iran_Great_Again, #RestartMIGA, and #Restart_Opposition. More >>

VICE News (January 8, 2020)

Trump’s account is propped up by ‘Trollbots’—and Twitter isn’t doing anything about it

Using Bot Sentinel to analyze accounts that responded to Trump’s Sept. 27 tweet, “I AM DRAINING THE SWAMP!” the Daily Dot found that nine of the first 10 pro-Trump responders were flagged as alarming or problematic, meaning they exhibit “activity and patterns” that respectively mimic or are similar to a trollbot account. Of the first 10 anti-Trump or resistance responses, four were classified as such. More >>

The Daily Dot (October 3, 2019)

Teenage Girls Are Leading The Climate Movement — And Getting Attacked For It

Meanwhile, upward of 5,000 tweets by suspected bots have mentioned Greta, according to an analysis by Bot Sentinel provided to BuzzFeed News. But it’s not just Greta. Other young girls in the movement are facing a flood of online abuse. It’s less clear where those attacks are coming from, but they involve a mix of regular accounts, trolls, and bots. More >>

BuzzFeed News (September 25, 2019)

Twitter Bots Are Trolling Climate Change Discussions: Analysis Shows How

According to Bot Sentinel, a “platform developed to detect and track political bots, trollbots, and untrustworthy accounts,” there was a major uptick in bots tweeting about climate change during CNN’s climate town hall on September 4, and there has been continued bot activity surrounding climate change conversations since. More >>

Inverse (September 17, 2019)

Trollbots Swarm Twitter with Attacks on Climate Science Ahead of UN Summit

Bot Sentinel has become a tool for those trying to fight the spread of disinformation on Twitter. The platform uses an algorithm to identify accounts it labels as "trollbots"—those that frequently retweet known propaganda accounts, exhibit repetitive behavior or violate Twitter's terms of service by harassing other users. More >>

Inside Climate News (September 16, 2019)

Democrats Rip Trump for Promoting Conspiracy Theory About Jeffrey Epstein's Death

At the time of Booker's interview on Sunday, #Clintonbodycount was the top hashtag tweeted by trollbots, according to Bot Sentinel, a website that tracks bot activity on Twitter. And the Kremlin-funded media outlet RT was leading its English language website with stories about conspiracy theories related to Epstein's death. More >>

NBC News (August 11, 2019)

Social Media Bots Pose Threat Ahead of 2020

At least one bot-tracking website found a jump in bot activity tied to one of the hashtags. Bot Sentinel, a free platform designed to track bot activity and untrustworthy accounts on Twitter, listed #KamalaHarrisDestroyed as one of the top 10 hashtags tweeted by bot accounts on the two days after the latest Democratic debate. More >>

The Hill (August 6, 2019)

Trolls and Bots Moved Fast to Politicize Texas School Shooting on Social Media

While these claims are often made by real humans, they are likely amplified by automated social media bots. As of Saturday afternoon, “Santa Fe” was the top phrase being used by Twitter bots tracked by the site Bot Sentinel. Top hashtags, topics, mentions and retweets tracked by the site skew heavily toward pro-Trump, far-right, and conspiracy theory messages. More >>

Fortune (May 19, 2018)

Fake Facebook Accounts and Online Lies Multiply in Hours After Santa Fe School Shooting

Christopher Bouzy, whose site Bot Sentinel tracks more than 12,000 automated Twitter accounts often used to spread misinformation, said four of the top 10 phrases tweeted by bot or troll accounts over the past 24 hours were related to the Santa Fe shooting, reaching the top 10 within less than three hours. "That is significant activity for our platform" More >>

The Washington Post (May 18, 2018)