The Sophistication of Fake Twitter Accounts

Those who run fake Twitter accounts have been developing their strategy for years. Thus, the sophistication of these accounts would surprise most people.

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A Flood of Russian Twitter bots with English names

Knowing that Russia is still actively attacking us via cyber-war, I have to wonder how Twitter’s fancy algorithms haven’t removed these fake Russian accounts.

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Social Media Platforms Should Delete Dormant Accounts

Bots and trolls often use accounts they’ve purchased or hacked. For this reason, social media platforms should delete dormant accounts.

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Bot Creators and Their Fake Doctors

Bot creators try to individualize their bot accounts to make them seem more realistic, including giving them occupations such as nurse, doctor, and surgeon.

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Locked Bot and Troll Accounts Fly Under the Radar

Some accounts that distribute Twitter bots are following hundreds (sometimes thousands) of locked bot and troll accounts in a row.

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Fake Facebook Accounts on Twitter

It’s the irony of all ironies. Twitter is infested with fake Facebook accounts. Some of the accounts are impersonators and all appear to be scammers.

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Fake Twitter Account Patterns – Their Achilles’ Heel

fake Twitter account groups have distinct, discernible patterns. And those patterns are their Achilles’ Heel.

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States are Cracking Down on Companies that Sell Fake Social Media Accounts

States like New York and Florida have begun to take a hard look at the social media marketing companies that profit from selling fake accounts.

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Twitter’s Fake Military Accounts and Stolen Valor

The variety of fake military Twitter accounts is as astounding as it is endless. And many of them serve to amplify political rhetoric (on all sides).

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Why Political Bots are Effective but Commercial Bots are Not

One of the few commonalities between fake political and fake commercial accounts is that both are a practice in deception.

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Twitter Bots’ Quick-Change Profiles

Twitter bots quick-change to suit the purpose of the bot creators. How does Twitter, with its fancy algorithms, miss this type of activity on the platform?

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Publisher’s Clearing House Bots or Impostors?

There are endless Twitter accounts using Publisher’s Clearing house in their profile descriptions. Are they impostor accounts or commercial bots?

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Twitter’s Russian Bot Hostesses

While some of the fake Russian accounts are created and then remain stagnant for a period, the Russian Bot Hostesses are much more active.

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The Mystery of Twitter’s Free Pass

Mysteriously, Twitter has avoided much of the scrutiny Facebook has faced—even though Twitter has committed similar data-privacy abuses.

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PewDiePie and Amplification of White Supremacist Rhetoric on Twitter

Twitter props up white supremacist rhetoric by not penalizing it and by allowing fake accounts to amplify it.

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Hospital Bots and the Appeal to Sympathy

One of the psychological tricks used by fake Twitter accounts is an appeal to sympathy. Hospital bots are a clear example of this.

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Twitter’s Model Bots–Know Their Faces

Twitter’s model bots flood the platform. Once you know their faces, they can be identified visually. Here are 18 model bots we see frequently.

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