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Monday, 13 March 2017

Photos: Not all Twitter users are human

Your latest 'like', 'retweet' or 'follow' may not have been from a human, a new study has found.

Many Twitter users are bots, but researchers have discovered a botnet that gathers the force of more than 350,000 bots. Dubbed Star Wars bots, these accounts were discovered in a small sample of the site and were found to only tweet random lines from Star Wars novels

Researchers have discovered that up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are bots and with 319 million active users on the site, it is estimate that 48 million of them are computer programs.
While some bots can wreak havoc on Twitter, sources have revealed that ‘many bot accounts are extremely beneficial’, as they ‘alert people of natural disasters or from customer service points of view'
The recent investigation into Twitter was conducted by the University of Southern California, which used 1,150 features from six classes to track down accounts run by bots.
This included data like tweet content and sentiment, network patterns and activity time series.
Researchers have discovered that up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are bots and with 319 million active users on the site, it is estimate that 48 million of them are computer programs. Human users are represented in blue and bots are shown in red

Researchers were able to identify nearly 14 million bot accounts on Twitter using their system and optimal threshold scores that separate human and bot accounts. During the analysis, the team also discovered the bots exhibited different types of behavior 

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