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Amber Heard and the Death of #MeToo

It’s worth noting that in 2020, Bot Sentinel, a group that tracks online disinformation and harassment, was hired by Heard’s lawyers to analyze the social media campaign against her. “Everyone thinks that any activity against them is bots or whatever,” the group’s founder, Christopher Bouzy, told me. But in this case, some of it was — Bouzy estimated that there were 340 “inauthentic” Twitter accounts devoted to defaming Heard and amplifying petitions calling for her to be fired from acting and modeling gigs. “A small number of accounts can drive conversations on Twitter,” he said. More >>

The New York Times (May 18, 2022)

What are Twitter bots, and why is Elon Musk obsessed with them?

"It's important for Musk to have an accurate number of active, real legitimate users because that is important for advertisers and how to monetize these folks," Christopher Bouzy, founder of Bot Sentinel, a company that tracks bots on Twitter, told CBS MoneyWatch. More >>

CBS News (May 17, 2022)

Elon Musk wants to know how many fake accounts Twitter has, but experts say his approach is all wrong

Bot Sentinel founder and CEO Christopher Bouzy said in an interview with CNBC that analysis by his company indicates that 10% to 15% of accounts on Twitter are likely “inauthentic,” including fakes, spammers, scammers, nefarious bots, duplicates, and “single-purpose hate accounts” which typically target and harass individuals, along with others who spread disinformation on purpose. More >>

CNBC (May 16, 2022)

How will Elon Musk change social media?

We used bot sentinel, a tool that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to categorize account behavior in accordance with Twitter’s policies, as well as analysis to determine the kind of content they typically shared. More >>

The Washington Post (May 09, 2022)

Celebrity and Politician Profiles Report Massive Loss of Followers After Elon Musk Buys Twitter

Christopher Bouzy, the creator of Bot Sentinel, a platform created in 2018 that monitors the activity of false accounts on Twitter, uploaded a post in which he assures that the accounts of Democratic politicians have suffered a loss of users, while those of politicians Republicans have increased their number of supporters. More >>

Entrepreneur (Apr 27, 2022)

Right-Wing Trolls Are Trying to Break Back Into Twitter

On Monday, Christopher Bouzy, the founder of Bot Sentinel, a service that tracks inauthentic behavior on Twitter, noticed that a number of left-leaning accounts had already complained about losing followers. Bouzy noticed that he had lost 400 of his 77,000-odd followers. At first, he didn’t think it was a big deal: People churn through who they follow on a regular basis. More >>

Wired (Apr 27, 2022)

Dems Hemorrhage Followers, Republicans Do Numbers After Musk Buys Twitter

Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez all experienced five-figure drops of their own, according to tech entrepreneur Christopher Bouzy. More >>

The Daily Beast (Apr 26, 2022)

Conservative Twitter Accounts Explode With New Followers, Increased Engagement After Musk Announcement

According to Christopher Bouzy, founder of the social media analytics platform Bot Sentinel, Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis gained nearly 100,000 followers following Musk’s announcement. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) were both up more than 50,000. More >>

The Daily Wire (Apr 26, 2022)

The Right Is Ecstatic Elon Musk Bought Twitter to ‘Literally Own the Libs’

At least at the moment, early data suggests Twitter being sold to Elon Musk is having an actual effect on the makeup of Twitter's user base. Christopher Bouzy, a data scientist who runs the bot tracker Bot Sentinel, tweeted that prominent Democratic politicians have lost followers in the last 24 hours, while prominent Republican politicians have gained followers. More >>

Vice News (Apr 26, 2022)

YouTube Just Deranked Anti–Meghan Markle Channels From Search Results And Recommendations

Although Sussex fans have raised questions for years about why anti-Meghan accounts were platformed and monetized, the scrutiny of royal YouTube picked up steam in January, when social media analytics company Bot Sentinel published a report examining anti-Meghan content across various online platforms. The report was the third in a series about what the company dubbed “single-purpose hate accounts,” profiles that appeared to only be on the internet to attack a certain individual — in this case, the Duchess of Sussex. More >>

BuzzFeed News (Apr 16, 2022)