The rise of political bots on social media

Automated social media accounts – bots – have become part of our political communication. Bot armies can influence online discourse and pick fights with users. But are all bots bad?

Almost every Twitter user will have come across bots. Your new follower whose profile picture is the generic egg, and who posts exactly once a day vague words of wisdom in 140 characters, is most probably such an automated account.

  • andycanuck

    I knew someone who was a Bot once. She made $40/hour from home and now owns a Porsche.