Friday, January 27, 2017
Grad Student Exposes Massive Network Of Over 350,000 Fake Twitter Accounts
At Zero Hedge by Tyler Durden --
A computer scientist in London has stumbled upon massive networks of fake Twitter accounts - with the largest consisting of over 350,000 profiles - which may have been used to 'fake' numbers of followers, send spam, and boost interest in trending topics.
On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run remotely by someone who automates the messages they send and activities they carry out.
Some people pay to get bots to follow their account or to dilute chatter about controversial subjects.