Students Build Program That Sniffs Out Twitter ‘Bots’


For months, university students Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte had been tracking about 1,500 political propaganda accounts on Twitter that appeared to have been generated by computers when they noticed something odd.

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D.H. Fabian

The most disturbing point is how the “bot” claims have been made. It reached the point where anyone critical of the Clinton wing — myself included (registered Dem voter) — was accused of being a Russian bot. Missing throughout was any logic behind the claims that Russia was involved in any way. Trump’s hostility toward Russia — troops near border, Ukraine, support for sanctions, Syria — has not surprised anyone.