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We're only 15 days into 2021, and someone has already spun up a network of "news" accounts with GAN-generated face pics (similar to the output of Most of the "authors" at the sites they promote also have GAN pics. #FridayShenaniGANs

cc: @ZellaQuixote
We found a network of 11 accounts, all created on January 1st 2021 or later. Each account has a GAN-generated profile pic and tweets links to the "news" site listed in its profile (the sites are mostly cryptocurrency-themed), as well as retweeting other members of the network.
Most of these accounts' tweets are automated via "RSS Ground", and contain links to the "news" sites they promote. The automated tweets are sent on similar schedules, with occasional tweets via the Twitter website (mostly retweets of other accounts in the network).
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This seems like an excellent day to look at a (mostly) Russian-language follower/retweet botnet that uses GAN-generated pics (presumably created using or a similar tool). #FridayShenanigans

cc: @ZellaQuixote
This botnet consists of 53 accounts created between August 12th and August 16th, 2020. All have randomly generated usernames consisting of digits and lowercase letters and Cyrillic display names.
Here are the profile pics of all 53 accounts in the botnet, as well as the result of blending them together. The eyes align perfectly (as do the mouth and ears other than slight variations in angle and position), a trait common to all unmodified face pics generated with StyleGAN.
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