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Category: Bot Research
Fake Twitter Account Distributors – The Pattern
Beyond exposing bots, patterns also help to identify fake Twitter account distributors responsible for spreading fake account networks across Twitter.
The Twitter Bot Mother Lode
The Twitter Bot Mother Lode is a super botnet comprised of a variety of bots that span the globe and are systematically created daily.
Trump Tweets and Retweets Suspect Accounts
Unfettered by Twitter’s rules, Trump’s tweets and retweets of suspect accounts have allowed him to amplify his personal and political attacks for years.
A Review of Popular Bot Checkers
Which bot checkers are better? Are they worth using at all? We reviewed several bot checkers commonly used by Twitter users–by testing them.
Twitter’s Negligence in Removing IRA-Linked Accounts
After Twitter released thousands of IRA-linked accounts, we found a botnet nested within the data dump. A botnet with at least 1,000 still-active accounts.
The Russian-English Twitter Bot Network
We previously reported on a Twitter account housing over 60,000 Russian-English bots. Since Twitter hasn’t suspended the account, we’ve tracked its network.
Trump’s Twitter Bots
It’s well documented that Trump’s Twitter account is rife with fake followers.Those fake followers swell Trump’s account and inflate his interactions.
Twitter Bot Tutorial
A step-by-step walk-through of how to spot a bot–tools to analyze a twitter account.
Trump’s Civil War Tweet Amplified by a Bot Army
On September 29, 2019, Trump tweeted about Civil War. We took a look at how the bots in Trump’s account added significantly to the problem.
Twitter’s Algorithms Help Push Bots into Real Accounts
Twitter’s algorithms help to push bots into real accounts by way of Twitter’s own “Who to Follow” lists. These lists recognize and suggest connected bots.
Elsa Darner Twitter Troll-bots
The Elsa Darner Twitter troll-bots were posted and mass reported in June 2018. Not only were they not suspended, there are more of them now.
From Russia with Love, Part II: Another 20 Million Russian Twitter Bots Exposed
Twitter ignored 20 million Russian bots. Will they ignore 40 million?
From Russia with Love: 20 Million Russian Twitter Bots Exposed
In a six-month project, we found millions of Russian bots on Twitter—and this is just the start.
Supreme Court Justices, Religious Fundamentalists, And Bots
A Twitter botnet pushed messaging in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court—making it appear as if he had more support than he did.
The Voty Twitter Botnet and The Attack on Senator Al Franken by the Alt-Right Army
How an army of Twitter bots participated in opposition rhetoric toward Al Franken.
Jane Austen Twitter Bots
The Jane Austen Twitter Bots is a group of Twitter bots that regularly tweet phrases from Jane Austen literature. But these accounts are far from harmless.
The Reffy Botnet
We discovered hundreds of related and similarly automated Twitter accounts with tentacles deep into Twitter’s users. One so massive that we gave it a name. The Reffy Botnet.
Social Media Scams–Everywhere a Fake Fake
With easy entry on multiple platforms and the ability to create many fake accounts, scammers are given ample feeding ground.
The Anti-Trump #Resistance Twitter Botnet
This new Twitter botnet is different from those that have previously been identified. It’s currently tweeting anti-Trump propaganda.
How Bad Has Twitter Follow-Back Resistance (FBR) Gotten?
I keep hearing that everyone vets their followers. But, if everyone was truly vetting, then how is there a MAGA troll running FBR for the Resistance on Twitter?
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