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The Rise and Fall of "Social Bot" Research

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00:57:43
Language
English
Abstract
The idea that social media is populated by countless "social bots" has become widely accepted. "Social bots" are assumed to be automated social media accounts operated by malicious actors with the aim of manipulating public opinion. Alleged "social bot armies" have been reported during the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, and, more recently, in the context of the Covid19 pandemic. In fact, however, the relevant research is based on ridiculous, pseudoscientific methods, the failure of which the researchers regularly try to conceal by withholding the raw data. The alleged "bots" in these studies are almost exclusively normal people who are misinterpreted as "bots".

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Talk ID
rc3-nowhere-297
Event:
rc3-2021
Day
4
Room
ChaosZone TV
Start
11:30 a.m.
Duration
01:00:00
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Speaker
Florian Gallwitz
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rc3-2021-chaoszone-297-the-rise-and-fall-of-social-bot-research
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