Pro-Trump Twitter bots were also used to target Macron, research shows
The Verge ------ Twitter bots that were used in support of Donald Trump during last year’s presidential campaign were also used to target Emmanuel Macron ahead of France’s presidential election, a new study has found. The findings suggest that there may be a “black-market for reusable political-disinformation bots,” according to the author of the paper, which was submitted for peer review this month. The study, conducted by Emilio Ferrara of the University of Southern California, is based on an analysis of 17 million tweets posted between April 27th and May 7th — the day of France’s election. About 100,000 users during this period posted about the so-called “MacronLeaks” — a leak of internal emails and other data from the Macron campaign just before the election — of which about 18,000 were automated bots. To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.