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Old 29th November 2017, 10:30 PM   #1
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Who are these bots

It seems like every site on the internet where you can have an account for that website there's always some fake accounts dedicating to doing one task. And these bots are very easy to spot. And there appears to be thousands of these new bot accounts created every day. Whether its Facebook or Twitter or a news site that allows comments you'll always find them My question is who is creating them, and are they even real people creating numerous accounts or automated computer operation.
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Old 30th November 2017, 12:06 AM   #2
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yes.
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Old 1st December 2017, 01:42 PM   #3
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Going by recent NPR reports, they're mostly Russians, and some Chinese. The Russian government has a lot of people on their payroll who are tasked with creating increasingly- sophisticated bots and fake user accounts to manipulate social media and sway public opinion. They've created literally millions of such accounts.
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Old 1st December 2017, 01:58 PM   #4
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They're both. The media uses "bot" to also mean "sockpuppet." E.g. someone in Russia claiming to be wholesome American midwest cowboy, yee hah, hooray for Trump.
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