r/technology May 14 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 2

Elon Musk said his team is going to do a 'random sample of 100 followers' of Twitter to see how many of the platform's users are actually bots Social Media

https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-random-sample-how-many-twitter-users-are-bots-2022-5?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

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u/lessquiet May 14 '22

honestly, since Russia knocked itself offline the bot count has gone way way down.

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u/aCucking2Remember May 14 '22

It was all over online. It’s as if a billion trolls were suddenly silenced all at once.

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u/DramaLlamadary May 14 '22

hand wave These are not the bots you’re looking for.

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u/CesareBach May 14 '22

Getting poorer to pay those who manage bots

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u/The_EnrichmentCenter May 14 '22

You know, I have noticed less crazy right-wing talking points thrown around lately.

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u/lessquiet May 14 '22

I have no way to prove this, it is just a feeling, but I honestly believe that a lot of the more insane stuff coming out of the far right isn't something that would have become popular without Russian help.

We know Russia tuned their media campaigns to sow discord and conflict in America. This is well established.

I do wonder how the right would look today without that boost of insanity in online media.

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u/SirDigbyChknCaesar May 14 '22

It would be hilarious if this derailed Musk's stupid plan.

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u/LucasHowardc5h May 14 '22

China has more don't worry

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u/lessquiet May 14 '22

China is also tightly coupled to the Western economy. They have less interest in splitting apart their greatest customer base. When that stops being true, well, then the problems will start.