#BotSpot: Sex And Sensibility

A horde of Jane Austen-quoting bots leads to Russian porn sites Background: Some of the many Twitter accounts using the same profile picture (Source: Google). Foreground above: tweet by @keamalao, archived…

#ElectionWatch: Russian Bots In Mexico?

Fact-checking claims of bots boosting Mexican messages Main picture: machine scan of retweets of a post by the Mexican Green Party, showing bot intervention. Inset: retweets of the post by two…

#BotSpot: Bots Target Malaysian Elections

17,000 bots target Malaysian opposition party ahead of the General Elections on May 9 (Source: @DFRLab) Ahead of the Malaysian general elections on May 9, Twitter bots launched two hashtag campaigns…

#BotSpot: Obituary of a Botnet

Accounts are created, post thousands of time, and disappear Some of the accounts in the series. (Source: Twitter / @kurikairiku52 through 57.) The life of a Twitter bot is an increasingly…

#BotSpot: Memes Target Der Spiegel, Merkel

German far-right Twitter activists use bots to make hashtags trend On September 10, far-right Twitter users in Germany launched an attack on DerSpiegel magazine after it wrote an article about their…

#BotSpot: The Intimidators

Twitter bots unleashed in a social media disruption tactic Overnight from August 28 to August 29, a major Twitter botnet opened a new front in its ongoing attempts to intimidate…

#BotSpot: Twelve Ways to Spot a Bot

Some tricks to identify fake Twitter accounts “Bots” — automated social media accounts which pose as real people — have a huge presence on platforms such as Twitter. They number in the millions; individual networks…