TNW: Wikipedia titles you can sing to the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ theme song, tweeted

I usually don’t post stuff like this, but it’s so gloriously silly I can’t help it. And heaven knows we all need a laugh these days. TNW: Wikipedia titles you can sing to the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ theme song, tweeted. “A while back, XKCD – a webcomic you should definitely be following – published a list of Wikipedia articles that have the same syllable stress pattern as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. You know, something like ‘Puerto Rico Lizard-Cuckoo.’ Well, this has been taken a step further by enterprising Twitter user, __eel__. They created a Twitter bot that only posts real life Wikipedia articles whose titles can be sung to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme.”

EurekAlert: New application can detect Twitter bots in any language

EurekAlert: New application can detect Twitter bots in any language. “Thanks to fruitful collaboration between language scholars and machine learning specialists, a new application developed by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Linnaeus University in Sweden can detect Twitter bots independent of the language used.”

Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign (Symantec)

Symantec: Twitterbots: Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign. “One of the main talking points of the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign involved attempts to surreptitiously influence public opinion using social media campaigns. In the months after the election, it quickly became apparent that a sophisticated propaganda operation had been directed against American voters. Not surprisingly, news of these campaigns caused widespread public concern, prompting social media firms to launch investigations into whether their services had been misused. In October 2018, Twitter released a massive dataset of content posted on its service by the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a Russian company responsible for the largest propaganda campaign directed against the U.S.”

CBS News: Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds

CBS News: Russian trolls fueled anti-vaccination debate in U.S. by spreading misinformation on Twitter, study finds . “Russian Twitter trolls have attempted to fuel the anti-vaccination debate in the U.S., posting about the issue far more than the average Twitter user last year, a study out of George Washington University has found. The ‘sophisticated’ bots shared opinions from both sides of the anti-vaxxer debate, which took the U.S. by storm and prompted tech companies to crack down on the spread of misinformation surrounding vaccinations.”

Engadget: Many of the Brexit Party’s Twitter followers appear to be bots

Engadget: Many of the Brexit Party’s Twitter followers appear to be bots . “It’s not shocking to see Twitter bots latch on to a political campaign, but it’s not often they do so soon after a campaign starts — let alone on a large scale. That appears to be the case with the UK’s Brexit Party, however. The no-deal EU withdrawal party is only a few months old, but researchers talking to BuzzFeed News found that many of its Twitter accounts are networks of bots and other inauthentic users.”

Quartz: Follow Indian politics with Quartz’s Twitter bot

Quartz India: Follow Indian politics with Quartz’s Twitter bot. “The India Political Watch Bot… built by Quartz’s Bot Studio, provides a feed of the tweets liked by key Indian political figures, and updates on whom they’re following. The tracked accounts include prime minister Narendra Modi, opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, the official accounts of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress, and more. See all the tracked figures by looking at the list of accounts the bot is following.”

Ars Technica: Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report invective

Ars Technica: Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report invective. “Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a ‘RussiaGate hoax.’ According to a researcher, the accounts—most of which had only posted three or four times in the past—were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages.”