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Researchers: Bots are spreading conspiracy theories about #blacklivesmatter

The bot-tracking site Bot Sentinel found “an uptick in inauthentic activity by accounts that were already active and also new accounts created over the past several days,” founder and CEO Christopher Bouzy told Digital Trends in an email. Most of the accounts were promoting disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theories, including such false assertions that billionaire George Soros was funding the protests and that the killing of George Floyd — whose death at the hands of a police officer sparked the protests — was a hoax. “Disinformation is spread on both sides of the political spectrum, but regarding the protests, it is overwhelmingly one-sided and targeted toward Trump supporters and Conservatives,” Bouzy wrote. More >>

Digital Trends (Jun 03, 2020)

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 04, 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 04, 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 (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)

Bots are pushing conspiracy theories about Australia's fires

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

Inverse (Jan 08, 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 (Jan 08, 2020)