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How bots and dead accounts helped drive one Ma’Khia Bryant narrative

Christopher Bouzy of Bot Sentinel traced more than 60 inauthentic accounts that helped fuel a negative conversation on Twitter in the days after Columbus police shot and killed the Black teenager. More >>

Columbus Alive (Apr 30, 2021)

Brazilian bots are targeting the U.S. election Process to help Trump

Between 1,500 and 2.000 Brazilian Twitter bots are currently engaged in spreading disinformation and fake news about electoral fraud in the U.S., tweeting in both English and Portuguese and often tagging real Twitter users, according to an analysis by AI-monitoring group Bot Sentinel. Other experts suggest the number might be higher, behind only Russian, Chinese and Iranian bots. More >>

OZY (Nov 26, 2020)

Post-election vote tallying raises fresh security concerns

By Wednesday morning, inauthentic Twitter accounts were promoting false or unverified allegations of fraud or advancing Trump’s unsupported claims of impropriety in the counting of ballots, said Christopher Bouzy, the creator of Botsentinel.com, a platform to detect disinformation on social media. More >>

Associated Press (Nov 04, 2020)

Trolls, tweets and famous friends: the vicious PR war between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

This weekend a report by Bot Sentinel, a group that uses artificial intelligence to detect and track troll bots and allegedly untrustworthy Twitter accounts, has been made public that exposes the use of an autonomous bot which posted the phrase “Fire her from all her rolls[sic] blacklist this crazy liar”, while another read “I am starting a petition. To get Amber Heard blacklisted from Hollywood!” More >>

The Guardian (Jul 26, 2020)

Deppheads wage cyberwar on Amber Heard

Kaplan Hecker & Fink, a New York law firm, asked Bot Sentinel, a group that uses artificial intelligence to detect and track troll bots and allegedly untrustworthy Twitter accounts, to assess tweets aimed at Heard. It was specifically asked to investigate whether the actress “had been a victim of an ongoing targeted harassment and smear campaign”. The authors of the report claimed to have “identified 13 active inauthentic accounts” that had been recently created “specifically to target the Twitter account of Ms Heard”. More >>

Times of London (Jul 25, 2020)

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)