What is the relationship between social media and fake news?
Fake news spreads through:
What is a bot? How do bots influence social media?
A social bot is a computer algorithm programmed to produce content and interact with humans on social media, aiming to mimic and influence human behavior. Bots are deployed in helpful ways to automate a range of business functions, and deployed in harmful ways when they increase the dissemination of false information.
How do I spot a bot on social media?
Look for the following 3 identifiers:
Adapted from: Samuel C. Woolley, "Resource for Understanding Political Bots." PoliticalBots.org: A Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics. Last accessed on January 4, 2023.
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