More governments manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls: study (Phys.org)

Phys.org: More governments manipulate media with ‘bots,’ trolls: study. “More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.
A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the previous year.”