Tag Archives: bots

Bots Tried To Steal Nickelodeon’s “Kids Vote” Election

The tech site Polygon reports: On Wednesday night, Nickelodeon announced former Vice President Joe Biden was the winner of the 2020 Kids Pick The President Vote,  despite a bot-driven effort to cheat the results. According to the network, nearly 90,000 kids cast their virtual ballot in the poll, which ran from Oct. 20 to Oct. 26. Biden received 53% of …

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Orchestrated Bot Campaign Is Behind “Reopen” Push

Carnegie Mellon University reports: Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered that much of the discussion around the pandemic and stay-at-home orders is being fueled by misinformation campaigns that use convincing bots. To 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% …

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#TwitterLockOut: Right Wing Extremists Freak Out After Twitter Purges Thousands Of Russian Bot Accounts

Gizmodo reports: Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts. Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with …

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