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Twitter Rolls Out Feature to Report Bots, Also Anyone You Think Is a Bot

Twitter has rolled out another feature intended to cut down on spam and misinformation efforts – adding suspected bots, malicious links, and spammy hashtags to the “suspicious or spam” category users can choose when reporting violations of its terms of service. Read More >>

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Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge

Apparently sick of being criticised by everyone from US Congress to Seth Rogan for not doing enough to purge its platform of bots, trolls, and malicious foreign actors, Twitter has started liberally dropping the ban hammer on suspicious accounts, suspending more than 70 million users over the course of May and June. Read More >>

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How Many Social Media Users Are Real People?

Most social media users know that bot accounts are among us, whether as fake voters with loud opinions or obsessive re-tweeters of a single corporation’s content. When it comes to telling many ‘fake’ accounts from real ones, however—or just knowing how many non-individuals are active online—even savvy users are mostly in the dark. Read More >>

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Gigantic Study of Fake News Online Finds the Enemy Is Humanity

Over the last year, “fake news” has gone from being a niche concern that charlatans exploited for profit, to a code red existential threat to the fabric of society—or something in between. But our scientific understanding of how and why false stories spread is still limited. Researchers at MIT are diving in to correct that blind spot and for anyone looking to point a finger, we have some bad news. Read More >>

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Fake Health News Can Damage Your Real Health

Research into the weird world of fictional news spread online by bots has found that it could have a negative effect on the health of the more gullible readers, with fake health news and reports suckering some people in with their wicked lies. Read More >>

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An Amazon Bot Is Making the Greatest Smartphone Cases 

In what’s either the best art project, the best business move, or both, someone has made what I assume is a bot that’s churning out thousands of unique iPhone cases for sale on Amazon. Pretty much all of them are masterpieces. Read More >>

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The BBC’s New Doctor Who Bot Lets You Play Companion

It seems that Skype chatbots are the new in thing in TV circles: not long after Heston Blumenthal got his own chefbot, the BBC has announced they've made one for Doctor Who. Read More >>

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This Bot Prints Trump’s Tweets, Then Sets Fire To Them

It seems even robots hate Donald Trump's tweets. A Twitter account called @BurnedYourTweet has been replying to them with a video of said tweet being printed out, cut, then burnt. Read More >>

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Bots on Wikipedia Wage Edit Wars Between Themselves That Last For Years

Revision wars on Wikipedia amongst human editors is an all-too-common occurrence, but new research from the UK shows that similar online battles are being waged between the site’s software robots. Read More >>

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Microsoft Bot Makes Your Worst Pop Culture Nightmares Come True

Crossovers are a mainstay of pop culture, but they rarely address the deepest questions posed by their fictional universes. “What if Gordon Ramsay was Han Solo?” you might ask. “What if the Joker had a beard?” Thanks to a criminally deranged Skype bot named Murphy, you needn’t wonder any longer. Read More >>

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Researchers Have Created a Video Chatbot Starring Friends’ Matt LeBlanc

It's been many years since Friends was last on the air, but don't you wish there were more episodes to enjoy? Researchers at the University of Leeds have been working on a project that turned at least one of the members of the cast into a virtual video chatbot. Read More >>

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Pokébot is a Facebook Messenger Bot You Might Actually Use

Some people seem to think that bots are the future, letting us do things online without actually having to resort to human interaction. But at the moment they're all pretty basic, and are only really good for producing a mixed emotional reaction when they develop racist tendencies. Read More >>

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This Robot that Runs Entirely off a Neural Network is Creepy as Hell

This creepy machine, called Alter, runs entirely off a neural network. That means all its incoherent and erratic movements are 100 per cent free of any human control. It’s basically alive. Read More >>

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10 Facebook Bots Actually Worth Chatting With

If you haven’t yet heard, the chatbots are coming — ready to take your pizza order, answer your technical support questions, and even help you respond to your friends’ pictures in the most predictable way. We’re still in the very early days of the bot revolution on Facebook Messenger, but we’ve found a handful that are actually worth shooting the breeze with. Read More >>

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Investigation Launched Into Ashley Madison, CEO Says ‘Sorry’

Almost a year after a massive hack exposing the users of the infidelity website Ashley Madison, its parent company Avid Life Media is bringing on a new CEO and president to make some much needed changes. However, the company is also the subject of a new investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to Reuters. Read More >>