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Truthy Project Uncovers Political Astroturfing On Twitter

November 2nd, 2010 11:17 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

An anonymous reader writes with a follow-up to the launch of the Truthy Project we discussed last month. “Tens of thousands of tweets this election season have turned out to be automated messages generated by employees of political campaigns, Indiana University researchers have found. Quoting: ‘In one case, a network of nine Twitter accounts, all created within 13 minutes of one another, sent out 929 messages in about two hours as replies to real account holders in the hopes that these users would retweet the messages. The fake accounts were probably controlled by a script that randomly picked a Twitter user to reply to, and a message and a Web link to include. Although Twitter shut the accounts down soon after, the messages still reached 61,732 users.’”

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