Nieman Lab: Fortifying Social Media From Automated Inauthenticity

Nieman Lab: Fortifying Social Media From Automated Inauthenticity. “In the arms race to secure the authenticity of online media, platforms will need to step up their internal protocols for both purging inauthentic accounts as well as identifying influence campaigns. They should be as transparent as possible about this without undermining their efforts. They should also recognize that this is too important an issue to take up solely on their own.”

Engadget: Russian Twitter bots are reportedly helping #NoRussiaNoGames push

Engadget: Russian Twitter bots are reportedly helping #NoRussiaNoGames push “It’s both terrifying and fascinating how well Russia uses Twitter to influence the perception of world events. Operatives from the country have supported Trump and Brexit and positioned propaganda that was eventually shared by major news outlets. Now it seems that Russian propagandists are hard at work amplifying an actual hashtag campaign (#NoRussiaNoGames) against the ban of Russian athletes from the upcoming Olympic games.”

Irish Times: New Bill proposes action against fake social media accounts

Irish Times: New Bill proposes action against fake social media accounts. “The use of internet ‘bots’ to manipulate online political debates and influence campaigns would become a crime under a Private Members’ Bill to be introduced in the Dáil on Wednesday. New rules requiring transparency on the funding sources of online political advertising are also included in the Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill which Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless has drafted.”

Engadget: Talk with the first-ever robot politician on Facebook Messenger

Engadget: Talk with the first-ever robot politician on Facebook Messenger. “Have you often felt that no matter what you asked politicians, they’d automatically reply with a stock response? Now you can address a real robot that plans on running for office — or at least, that’s what its creators intend. SAM is an AI chatbot ‘representing’ New Zealand’s constituents that you can talk with on Facebook Messenger right now.”

Washington Post: Why did Russian social media swarm the digital conversation about Catalan independence?

Washington Post: Why did Russian social media swarm the digital conversation about Catalan independence? “On Oct. 1, the hashtag #Catalanreferendum took you to the world’s most popular conversation on Twitter. For more than 12 hours, Catalonia’s independence referendum became a trending topic worldwide. As would be expected, links, posts and articles from two Spanish media companies were the most virally distributed in the digital conversation. More surprisingly, the Russian media conglomerate formed by RT and Sputnik was the fourth most-used source, its content virally distributed as part of the digital debate.”

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to

The Next Web: These chatbots will answer obvious questions so your bookkeeper won’t have to. “Bookkeepers and accountants have a lot on their plate. Unfortunately, their ability to dedicate their time and efforts to their most important responsibilities is often hindered when they are forced to spend a significant part of their day answering recurring client questions or dealing with mundane tasks like sending invoices or paying bills…. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. The rise of automation — and bookkeeping chatbots, in particular — have made it easier than ever to streamline much of the financially-oriented client communications and other tasks that can sometimes divert your accounting team’s resources.”