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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)

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 (Oct 03, 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 (Sep 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 (Sep 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 (Sep 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 (Aug 11, 2019)