Through Understanding Bots, Journalists Can More Effectively Fight Disinformation

While bots are one of the major trends in digital communication, many users don’t know much about what they are — or their power to influence public opinion through spreading disinformation and propaganda.

According to Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, a research scientist from Indiana University, bots are a “simple computer program that operates one or multiple social media accounts to perform some action on social media.”

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