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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 (Apr 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 (Feb 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 andtrollbots are making an array of false claims. These bots are claiming China intentionally created the virus, thatit's a biological weapon, that Democrats are overstating the threat to hurt Donald Trump and more. While wecan't confirm the origin of these bots, they are decidedly pro-Trump. More >>

Inverse (Feb 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 (Feb 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 FBIlawyer whom President Trump has targeted for her text messages critical of him during the 2016 election—inthe almost 4,000 responses to a tweet she posted on Jan. 18. More >>

LAWFARE (Jan 22, 2020)