How Bots Are Threatening Online Discourse

The 2016 US Presidential election elevated the issue of social media bots and “fake news” to an unprecedented level of attention. Yet for all of the headlines it’s an issue that’s both complex and in many ways misunderstood. Social media bots (automated software designed to perform specific tasks, such as retweeting or liking specific content on Twitter) are a problem because of the part they play in spreading misinformation.

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