Beth’s Blog: 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

Beth’s Blog: 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact. “In my last post about nonprofit bots, I discussed the big picture of automation in the nonprofit space and what I learned from the ‘The Beth Bot’ experiment. For this post, I did a landscape scan to identify some of the best examples of nonprofit bots. (These examples use Facebook Messenger, but bots be deployed other platforms or apps.)”

The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report

The Guardian: Facebook and Twitter are being used to manipulate public opinion – report. “Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed. From Russia, where around 45% of highly active Twitter accounts are bots, to Taiwan, where a campaign against President Tsai Ing-wen involved thousands of heavily co-ordinated – but not fully automated – accounts sharing Chinese mainland propaganda, the studies show that social media is an international battleground for dirty politics.”

Nieman Lab: Is there a Trump tweet for that? Quartz’s latest bot experiment surfaces similar tweets from the president’s archives

Nieman Lab: Is there a Trump tweet for that? Quartz’s latest bot experiment surfaces similar tweets from the president’s archives . “In an effort to see if tech could automate these juxtapositions and possibly surface humans can’t spot, the Bot Studio at Quartz recently created Trump of Yore, a tool that automatically scans new Trump tweets and compares them to tweets in the president’s pre-inauguration 12,647-tweet archive, posting the comparisons to Twitter.”

Wired: Facebook teaches bots how to negotiate. They learn to lie instead

Wired: Facebook teaches bots how to negotiate. They learn to lie instead. “The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) group, in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology, has released code that it says will allow bots to negotiate. The problem? A paper published this week on the R&D reveals that the negotiating bots learned to lie. Facebook’s chatbots are in danger of becoming a little too much like real-world sales agents.”

New York Daily News: The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army

New York Daily News: The billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army. “A GOP donor who once had ties to IBM is the man behind the millions of Twitter bots President Trump counts on as followers who could be employed to target voters with misleading or fake news on social media. In order for it to work, the scheme relies on the quiet guidance of Robert Mercer, a reclusive Republican mega-donor and staunch Trump supporter, sources told the Daily News.”

New York Times: How Bots Are Inflating Instagram Egos

New York Times: How Bots Are Inflating Instagram Egos. “Many people with public accounts on Instagram may not realize that when random users follow them or like or comment on their posts, it is often the work of a cottage industry of websites that, for as little as $10 a month, send their clients’ accounts on automated liking, following and commenting sprees. It’s a rogue marketing tactic meant to catch the attention of other Instagram users in hopes that they will follow or like the automated accounts in return.”

Motherboard: Hacker Mimicked Thousands of Real Twitter Users to Build a Bot Army

Motherboard: Hacker Mimicked Thousands of Real Twitter Users to Build a Bot Army. “How would you go about creating a Twitter armada? Although the process may not completely work today, one researcher found that by writing code that autonomously mimicked real users, and then spread to other targets, he could quickly generate accounts that may reasonably pass off as real users.”