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How Twitter Bots Turn Tweeters into Activists

Written by: Signe Brewster
Narrated by: Elizabeth Wells
Length: 3 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Technology

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If a team of researchers gets its way, the activist networks of the future could be organized by Twitter bots. A recent study published by Microsoft details a cohort of Twitter bots that targeted and challenged people who tweeted about government corruption in Latin America to take specific action. Some bots asked for potential solutions from the tweeters, while others offered messages of solidarity. The researchers dubbed the system “Botivist.”

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