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I was looking around at the #Impeachment hashtag this morning and found a set of "russian" twitter #bots.
This guys tweet engagement (350+ retweets) is all bots.
They seem like spam bots but they are doing some interesting stuff so I figure I would post about them.
Here is what tipped me off to the bots. All the accounts are very similar.
I only say russian because the accounts use Cyrillic in their names and tweets.
They could be ran by anyone from anywhere, I really don't know.
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Hi #FBPE, we need to talk about #bots, I know many of you are informed and aware, but many more of us are not, and the whole #bot thing has got to a stage that IMHO we need more general awareness - thread⏬
Please share and RT
TLDR Summary
This thread isn't technical
It has some basic education
And then deals with strategic and political issues
IMHO bots are a bigger threat than many understand
Some networking across #FBPE could help
And maybe you can help
The rest of the thread explores these issues
Three steps for everyone
1. Education
Bots (& trolls, farms) are there to spread propaganda and fake news, to create dissent, undermine. Your first protection is knowing they exist and that you’ll meet them. Just reading this makes you safer. Be suspicious of unendorsed "friends"
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Many know I design #ConversationModels #Chatbots & #ai powered #VUI. Using that expertise for good is my mission in life. While twitter continues to close #FakeAccounts of the most egregious, and obvious, offenders - here is a primer to help our community spot & report #bots.
It’s important not to be swayed by #FakeAccounts or waste your time arguing with them. Identifying #bots in a Twitter thread has become a strange version of the Turing test. Here is are the data points you need to ID a #bot.
#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels
User profile
The most common way to tell if an account is fake is to check out the profile. The most rudimentary #bots lack a photo, a link, or any bio. More sophisticated ones might use a photo stolen from the web, or an automatically generated account name.
#ai #vui #chatbot
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If we know that bots influence people's perception and decisions, why do social networks decide to intervene in China, but they don't do it here? - @CarlosPaezAgraz of @Mesurar from Mexico, expert on #bots & social media

¡Una buena pregunta! Mexico deserves some answers.
ICYMI @samuelwoolley has said "I would say that Mexico is the benchmark for the worst and most manipulative use of bots”

They've been dealing with this problem since at least 2011. Both Facebook and Twitter need to give them some answers already.
Interview with bot expert @AlbertoEscorcia of @loquesigue_ from Sept 2016 about the wide scale social media manipulation in Mexico:
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The far-right attacking the anti-fascists with a hammer, then switching the narratives claiming that the anti-fascists attacked them with a hammer. #Antifa means "anti-fascists." It is not an organization. If you are against fascists, YOU are antifa. #Portland
“Smear campaigns” against #antifa are used to create the image of internal enemy and “scapegoats.” Since Charlottesville, such campaigns against #Antifa became a compulsory exercise for #AltRight, #Kremlin #trolls and #Bots. #disinformation is an important tool in cyberwar.
In 2017, the online campaign used fake #antifa (an umbrella term for anti-fascist protestors) Twitter accounts to claim anti-fascists promoted violence against women supporting Trump or white supremacy. @bellingcat research showed the evidence of campaign orchestration on 4chan.
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The far-right spread disinfo on El Paso "siege"/"violence" planned "by Antifa" 3 days before Aug 3 shooting. A peaceful action was planned by native Americans/POC LGBT organization BorderResistance (no affiliation/mention of antifa) #ElPaso #elpasoshooter
The far-right and the Kremlin carried out an orchestrated attack on antifa for several years. A good thread by @RVAwonk
@RVAwonk “Smear campaigns” are used to create the image of internal enemy and “scape goats.” Since Charlottesville, such campaigns against #Antifa became a compulsory exercise for #AltRight, #Kremlin #trolls and #Bots. #disinformation is an important tool in cyberwar.
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Thread about some twitter #bots and #trolls that look very similar to what the #Russian 🇷🇺 bots/trolls did in 2016. These bots seem like #Saudi 🇸🇦 ran accounts. This is the third time I have ran across this network of accounts. Only 115+ accounts this time.
The bots copy pro-Trump and far-right viral tweets word for word.
Here are 2 bots tweeting about Joe Biden and Ukraine. These bots do not seem like spam accounts.
Most of the accounts were created March 2019. They all have very similar stats: creation date, number of tweets, followers, friends.
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For $10 on @DigitalOcean, you can setup a Ubuntu instance with #Splunk and #BOTS v2 dataset.
Here's how:
- Referral link -
- Create account. Add $10 bucks.
2. SSH to instance.
- WGET Splunk (…)
- Install Splunk
use the DEB package for ease -
dpkg -i Splunk.deb
Start Splunk:
\opt\splunk\bin\splunk start
I tend to use the tar file for install -…

tar xvzf splunk.tgz -C /opt
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Ready for #DigitalSherlocks@DFRLab
Nos da la bienvenida a #digitalSherlock @GrahamBrookie del @DFRLab, un programa que promete. Les iré contando por aquí! #desinformación
What’s a Stake: Democracy: los cambios tecnológicos son muy disruptivos para la sociedad y ello es riesgoso. Llevamos una década de retroceso democrático... Hay retos, pero hay que abordar el futuro con confianza,?dice @DamonMacWilson
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Ok. There are a ton of great articles on WHY scholars should join Twitter, but most don’t offer an in-depth HOW-to.

This leads to hesitation and timidness.

So, I present a thread “You’ve joined Twitter. Now what?” #AcademicTwitter #scicomm #SoMe
First, choose a handle you’ll be happy with 5 years from now. I’d regret creating @SarahNEU2013 now that I’ve long since graduated.

#academictwitter #scitwitter #medtwitter
Next, pick a good bio photo. A professional headshot you’ve used in other places (e.g., university directory) is smart.

Because Twitter has paused verification, I see consistent photos across multiple channels as an unofficial way to confirm you are who you say you are.
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Watched @ECMcLaughlin today on #ResistanceLive. I agree, if @SpeakerPelosi continues to slow roll an overarching inquiry, I too will be funding & supporting her primary opponent - I too have been montering across all social platforms and foreign #bots are using #PsyOpps to attack
#Systematic & #Sweeping: Psychological warfare is the planned tactical use of propaganda, threats, & other non-combat techniques during wars, threats of war, or periods of geopolitical unrest to mislead, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise influence behavior of an enemy.
@Facebook & @Twitter have trumpeted initiatives designed to prevent a repeat of the #2016ElectionObstruction, yet this week is evidence of how little has changed about the way Facebook & Twitter actually operate.
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I am starting a thread how Pakjabi Pakistan has systematically demolished Sikh heritage sites & Exterminated Sikhs, denied demand for 1000s of Acres of lands belonging to Sikh Gurudwaras, lands where Sikh Gurus born, making Khalistan inside Pakistan
NAROWAL, PAKISTAN: Locals partially demolished a four-storey, over 4 centuries-old ‘Historical Guru Nanak Palace’ in village Bathanwala, on New Lahore Road with connivance of auqaf dept officials & even sold its precious windows, doors and ventilators.…
Its construction comprised old bricks, sand, clay & limestone. There were 16 large rooms in building all of which had 3 beautiful doors & at least 4 ventilators

Rooms constructed with large broad walls with cupboards in them that had wooden doors with flowers carved on them.
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I found some #Ecuador twitter #bots or troll accounts this morning, right after #Assange's arrest I just checked the API for "assange" and noticed some very uniform data.
Only a few hundred or so but they were kinda interesting.
The accounts are now suspended, but they were replying to this tweet from the president of Ecuador using the hashtag #EcuadorSoberano.
Here are the type of replies they were sending
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#IsraelElections2019 #GolanHeights
Israel #sovereignty must prevail over all the Israeli territory with no exception! It's the only way to protect innocent Israelis from being slaughtered +Israeli land from being stolen by #Hamas

#Israel creates

Hamas moans kills begs for money
Fascinating talk this morning with Rabbi Professor Jeffrey Woolf. What's going on with American Jewry vis a vis Israel?
#IsraelElections2019 #Israel #USA #Jewry…
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AI has met a fork in the road; which path will dominate?

While pure #AI, or open API, will soon allow #robots to become more human-like, pragmatic AI is alive well today and driving true business transformation…
Charlie Rose interviews…a robot?

What happens when Charlie Rose attempts to interview a #robot named "#Sophia" for his 60 Minutes report on #ArtificialIntelligence (#AI)…
#ArtificialIntelligence positioned to be a game-changer

It might not be long before machines begin thinking for themselves -- creatively, independently, and sometimes with better judgment than a human…
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@CSU @ManfredWeber 1/x Dann sorgt dafür, dass im @EUCouncil gegen diese unsägliche Reform gestimmt wird, die nur wenigen großen Verlegern und Verlagen hilft, aber Künstler, Freischaffende, selbst jeden EU Bürger zum Verlierer macht.
@CSU @ManfredWeber @EUCouncil 2/x Habt mal einen Arsch in der Hose, nicht dass euch da Lobbyisten reinkriechen, nein, um NEIN! zu sagen. NEIN WIR WOLLEN DAS NICHT!
Aber gut, träumen wird man ja mal dürfen.
@CSU @ManfredWeber @EUCouncil 3/x Denn wenn die #CDU,#CSU und @CDU_CSU_EP etwas gut kann, dann ist das jegliche Träume und Hoffnungen zu zerstören, eine ganze Generation zu diffamieren und zu verleugnen und wegen ihrer Bedenken zu #Artikel13/#Artikel17 als #bots zu bezeichnen.
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I ran across a cluster of twitter accounts targeting multiple different countries. They are newly minted accounts supported by multiple networks of #Bots #Trolls and inauthentic accounts. I haven't figured out of it's a #spam network or #disinformation
The most logical explanation is spam. BUT the amount of bots the trolls that retweet these accounts is extremely suspect.
these accounts were found while looking around at some data I pulled from this set of accounts in this thread.
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Conseil quand vous voyez un tweet de facho : copiez-coller son contenu dans la recherche Twitter.

Vous trouverez quasi-systématiquement des tweets 100% identiques, en nombre.

#AstroTurfing #Bots
Alors bien sûr de vrais et authentiques fachos y'en a pas mal hein, mais cet astro-turfing leur donne l'impression d'être vraiment nombreux, ce qui légitimise leur vision et propos. C'est à ce moment-là qu'ils prennent la parole à leur tour. Et c'est pas cantonné à Twitter.
J'observe ce phénomène depuis ~10 ans en ligne, quand les médias ont jugé bon de mettre une zone "commentaires" sous leurs articles. Tout se déroulait alors là. Modérateur, les flots de commentaires racistes ou politiques émanaient principalement des mêmes IP (plusieurs comptes)
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Ein Problem, dass ich bei der Urheberrechtsdebatte sehe ist, dass es von einigen Leuten als rein Schwarz/Weiß angesehen wird.

Abgesehen von Urheberrechtsregelungen AUSSERHALB Europas, gibt es auch "Urheberrechtsverletzungen ", die von den Inhabern gedulded, (1/24)
wenn nicht sogar akzeptiert oder sogar ermutigt werden.

Fanfiction, FanArt oder Cosplay Beispielsweise. Das ist Ausdruck der Fan-Kultur zu Büchern, Filmen, Serien, Comics und Spielen.

Diese Urheberrechtsverletzungen sind aber auch ein wenig Werbung für die Werke (2/24)
und verursachen keinen Verlust für die Firmen.

Manche Leute würden warscheinlich sagen "die sollen ihre "Kreativität" nehmen und was eigenes machen!". Aber darum geht es nicht. Ein paar Leute die so angefangen haben, haben dann eigene Werke kreirt, oder wurden sogar (3/24)
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1) New day #QDrop... #Qanon post No. 2745... @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse @POTUS
#Q links to #FoxNews & says "Buckle up!". It's looking good for a D5 info drop on the others that met secretly to plot against #POTUS with the use of a 25th Amendment scam.…
2) Stepping back 4 an interesting footnote re: #QAnon post No. 2744...
When the verse numbers are totaled, they equal 55:17. If you've been watching #QDrops or any time you know the significance of 5 x5 & the number 17😉
3) #QAnon post No. 2746...
#LisaPage was removed from the #SC on 15th July 2017. July 21, 2017, The #Mooch was appointed #WHCommunicationsDirector. He began work on 25th July 2017 & was fired on the 31st. It's clear [5:5] that #Scaramucchi was a hired (& disposable) gun. Most all
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For 4 days, I captured more 700K tweets with the words "gilets jaunes" or the hashtags #GiletsJaunes.

In this thread, we will see how #bots, a #QAnon lover and a "French" #AntiSioniste try to amplify the movement of the Yellow Vests

As always, an explanation of the graph is needed:
- a node is a twitter profile.
- an edge is a retweet of a tweet with "Gilets Jaunes" or #GiletsJaunes in the text
- the size of the node has been calculated with the Pagerank algorithm
In this photo, I isolated the 8 most influential Twitter profiles of a community. This photo is particularly interesting because of the interactions between the nodes.
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Here are some more #Saudi #khashoggi related twitter bots.
I don't have time to analyze all of them, so there may be false positives, some might be commercial bots. I sat on the list for a while and twitter eventually found about half of them.
some of the accounts are shockingly old.
if twitter 😉 is going to suspend them they should.
Give researchers a couple of days to look at them.
Check what the bots are retweeting and kill the "full network" not just these accounts.
Check the F/F of the bots to get all of them.
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While looking at the #GiletsJaunes hashtag I ran across 1300 what look to be Pro-#Erdogan #Turkish 🇹🇷 #bots
They older accounts using "twitter for ipad" to retweet.

#Turkey #wel
The bots are set to retweet some anti-#Soros tweets, stuff about #MBS ? and politics that I have no clue about.
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