January 25, 2022

Very Real Bots, Very Fake News: Science Disinformation Campaign = 50% of COVID Tweets Come From Bots



From NeuroBeer Live #2 recorded June 1, 2020.
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How do very real twitter bots spread very fake science news? You may have noticed large science disinformation campaigns on twitter and other social media in recent weeks, Scrolling through your Twitter feed, it may not be obvious when you come upon a bot account — something that is more likely to occur in the era of COVID-19. o analyze bot activity around the pandemic, CMU researchers since January have collected more than 200 million tweets discussing coronavirus or COVID-19. Of the top 50 influential retweeters, 82% are bots, they found. Of the top 1,000 retweeters, 62% are bots.

In this NeuroBeer clip we review the recent publications and news surrounding the revelations that 45-50% of tweets concerning the re-opening of the economy have been the work of twitter bots. Stay tuned and subscribe for more content, and to stay up to date with the latest in neuroscience / general science news

CMU Researchers Say Sophisticated, Orchestrated Bot Campaigns Aim To Sow Divide
open access article: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/news/nearly-half-twitter-accounts-discussing-reopening-america-may-be-bots)

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Bots responsible for 50% of all COVID19 related tweets: 00:00
How to detect bot activity to avoid echo chambers?: 2:48
Paul is a actually a robot: 4:16
Using good bots to fight the bad bots: 4:43
Dark side of bots: deceitful purposes of bot activity: 5:55
How bot programmers avoid detection: 7:45
Solving science-media disinformation trends: 8:55
Why alternative forms of science media are needed – First-Person Science Benefits: 10:04

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