Ban the bots?

Or at least require full disclosure, i.e. require bots on social media platforms to self-identify as such? A Twitter bot, for example, is a type of software that controls a Twitter account without human intervention (i.e. autonomously), performing such actions as tweeting, re-tweeting, liking, following, unfollowing, etc. Some of these bots are harmless, but which ones? Also, what fraction of all Twitter accounts happen to be bots? According to this 2017 study, up to 15% of Twitter users were automated bots, and according to this 2018 study, these bots generated 66% of all links on Twitter! I wonder whether these numbers have gone up or down since then.

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About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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