- Jul 2007
- So. Md.
Just like his supporters are regularly manipulated by bots all over social media. And no, it's not a big problem for lefties. We're much more reality based.
On Sunday, President Trump again infuriated progressives by retweeting a GIF from a user named Fuctupmind showing him hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball and knocking her over. He also retweeted a series of memes from an account called Team_Trump45, who had previously posted that Obama should get his“goddamn Muslim feet off President Trump’s desk”.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Trump has been fooled. On August 5, he retweeted the account @Protrump45, which was later found to be part of a marketing campaign to sell Trump merchandise. On August 21, he retweeted an account that had been set up three days earlier, and had gathered 6,000 followers by exclusively posting pro-Trump tweets. It’s not just Trump’s retweets that are problematic either: an analysis by TwitterAudit found that nearly half of all Trump’s followers were fake.
By re-tweeting these automated accounts, Trump has shown that Twitter bots can pass the “Turing Test”, the famous artificial intelligence test to see if a computer can pass for a human being with a written question. More importantly it shows the growing influence of bots on social media.
https://thinkprogress.org/the-president-of-the-united-states-is-regularly-manipulated-by-twitter-bots-2bb5ee8321a8/“Deceptive bots create the impressions that there is a grassroots, positive, sustained human support for a certain candidate, cause, policy or idea,” the NDN continued. “In doing so, they pose a real danger to the political and social fabric.”
There are three separate types of bot: fully automated, partially automated, and trolls. Fully automated accounts are programmed to tweet or post on social media sites, often hiding behind creative bios and stolen pictures. Partially automated accounts, or cyborgs mix in human-created posts to hide the automated nature of most of their posts. Meanwhile trolls are fully human, and use social media accounts to disrupt online conversations.