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Klaus
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Klaus
HOLY CARP!!!
Joined: May 21st, 2006, 11:45 am

September 14th, 2018, 12:57 pm #1

Check this out. Somebody made a mistake.



I checked myself, and there are many more "users" tweeting exactly that same message at the same time. They all have an innocent profile like "'I'm a mother of 2 beautiful children & wife of a 1 in a million man! I'm so blessed & thank GOD daily for the beauty in my life!".

It makes me wonder a) what percentage of tweets these days are by bots, b) how much influence those bots have on public opinion.
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Catseye3
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Catseye3
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Joined: December 27th, 2016, 9:44 pm

September 14th, 2018, 1:24 pm #2

You don't think it's a coincidence?  :mellow:

I have bookmarked an article on whether Zuckerberg can "fix" Facebook before it "breaks democracy".  It's in part a personality profile and there's a lot of vamping around about his house and so on and I don't have time to wade through all that, but I'm hoping it touches on your point.  

There was a time I'd have said such a worry was ridiculous, of course people aren't so stupid as to be influenced by bots.  I don't say that anymore.  I now agree with HL Mencken's misquote:  "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."
 
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