brexit_botnet_graph.png (23.34 MB)
figureposted on 2018-08-13, 16:40 authored by Marco BastosMarco Bastos
The image shows the interaction on Twitter between bots and real users during the UK EU membership referendum. Bots or automated accounts are often used as sockpuppets, which are false online identities used to voice opinions and manipulate public opinion while pretending to be another person. The hub and spoke formations shown in the network result from the large volume of retweets triggered by bots, which are effective at rapidly generating cascades.