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The Bots Are Taking Over

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Internet bots are bits of code that run automated tasks online, often sending you spam links on social media. They're becoming increasingly sophisticated and are even being used by some governments and major corporations to shape public opinion. Nick Bilton, a reporter for the New York Times and lead writer of the Bits Blog, explains how these bots work and how they're being used.

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Comments [4]

John A

Markets crash when their product becomes worthless. What could be more worthless than a social network without humans?

Apr. 24 2014 01:59 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

What can one do if they find a bot that uses their image and/or identity for an avatar? (I've been contacted by bots on apps like Foursquare, ones that make it difficult to discern if they are bot or not.)

Apr. 24 2014 01:56 PM
SamBrown from Michoacan, Mexico

What an amusing segment. I think back to hearing somewhere that...Ashton Kutcher and some other "celebrity" were in competition for how many twitter followers they had. I remember at the time thinking "How much sillier can it get?". Now it turns out a large part of the followers might not even be real! Whatta' wonderful modern world we live in.

Apr. 24 2014 01:55 PM
john a

Is this ever a violation of the sites regulations? That is, legal fraud when a person uses a fake identity.

Apr. 24 2014 01:52 PM

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