China, Russia and social media influence | See how Twitter ‘trends’ are created through bots

Recently, many in the United States believe that China and Russia are working actively to spread false information about COVID-19 through bots.

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Bots are those fake accounts that retweet, comment, and sometimes spread misinformation on Twitter. They are easy to create, and according to research, they are pushing a lot of the COVID-19 content.

Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University examined more than 200 million tweets about COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic and found 45% were from bots.

According to researchers, some bots seem to be promoting havoc, but others are carrying the clear agendas of different countries.

China and Russia

Messages from state-run media or government leaders are tweeted and retweeted by bots. Spreading the news and making it seem like a widely held belief.

Recently, many in the United States believe that China and Russia are working actively to spread false information about COVID-19 through bots.

Speaking to the international media outlet, the EU spokesperson, Peter Stano, said, “Unlike previous cases of political disinformation here, people’s lives and health are at stake.

What are bots, and how they influence people?

A bot is an automatic program that affects human behavior on social media platforms. Bots take part in discussions on Facebook or Twitter and act like human users. They spread information on a particular topic on social media – mostly for influencing people’s opinions.

Bots are created with the help of different programming techniques. They can be programmed to post and tweet automatically. Bots are versatile, and they even get smarter as they learn from interactions with people. In reality, they are programs that interact through a chat interface and respond based on preset rules and artificial intelligence.

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