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Aug 22, 2019 14 tweets 15 min read Read on X
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
Tweet syntax
Using human language is still incredibly hard for machines. A bot’s tweets may reveal its algorithmic logic: they may be formulaic or repetitive, or use responses common in chatbot programs. Missing an obvious joke and rapidly changing the subject are telltale traits
Tweet semantics
Bots are usually created with a particular end in mind, so they may be overly obsessed with a particular topic, perhaps reposting the same link again and again or tweeting about little else.
#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels
Temporal behavior
Looking at tweets over time can also be revealing. If an account tweets at an impossible rate, at unlikely times, or even too regularly, that can be a good sign that it’s fake. Fake accounts often betray an inconsistent attitude toward topics over time. #ai #vui
Network dynamics aren’t visible to most users, but they can reveal a lot about an account. #Bots may follow only a few accounts or be followed by other bots. The tone of a bot’s tweets may also be incongruous w/ its connections, suggesting a lack of real social interaction.
URL shorteners
Automated accounts often track traffic on a particular link by using URL shortening services, so the frequency with which these services are used can be an indicator of automation.
#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels
Multiple languages
#Bots created for commercial ads have created to “advertise” political positions. If you see an account posting or retweeting content in English, Dutch, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin, it’s possible you’ve encountered a human polyglot—it’s more likely it's a bot
Here are a few links to great resources
The DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge…

#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels #bots #fakeaccounts
The five best ways to detect fake social-media accounts.…

#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels #bots #fakeaccounts
five ways to identify phony Twitter accounts and ditch them.…

#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels #bots #fakeaccounts
Everything You Need to Know About How to Spot a Bot…
#ai #vui #chatbots #conversationmodels #bots #fakeaccounts

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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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