Hundreds of Twitter bots based in the U.S. support Trump and criticize Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis. According to a recent investigation, thousands of automated Twitter bot accounts have spent the previous eleven months promoting former president Donald Trump and attacking his opponents and rivals for the 2024 election.
Cyabra, an Israeli technology company, informed the Associated Press that it identified a network of bogus accounts that appear to have been created by an unknown party in the United States.
Among the targets for the bots are former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who is challenging Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, and Florida governor Ron DeSantis considered Trump’s strongest opponent in 2024, despite having not yet joined the race.
According to researchers, tens of thousands of bots across three distinct networks of Twitter accounts may be participating. According to the study, the accounts were formed in April, October, and November of 2022. According to the article, researchers utilized trends in an account’s profile, following list, and posts to detect bots, which typically produce repetitive information about the same themes.
One account will claim ‘Biden is attempting to steal our firearms; Trump was the best,’ while another will say Jan. 6 was a hoax, which Trump was innocent of,’ Cyabra engineer Jules Gross told AP. These are not people’s voices. For the sake of democracy, he would for everyone to be aware of this.
According to researchers, one indicator of the bot effect is the number of posts a topic receives from false accounts. For an ordinary issue, this number is in the low single digits. However, the research shows over three-quarters of the unfavorable postings about Haley were written by false accounts.
The bots have also propagated the notion that DeSantis would be more qualified to serve as Trump’s running mate in 2024 than as president.
Researchers from Cyabra concluded that the internet abundance of bots is influencing our perception of the mainstream Republican feeling in 2024.
This news comes one month after a study by the Center for Social Media and Politics at New York University determined that Attempts by Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election via Twitter reached relatively few people and had no discernible effect on affecting voter attitudes or behavior. Several Trump detractors and mainstream media members have stated that Trump’s 2016 victory was the product of Russian interference and that a sophisticated system of bots was attempting to swing the election in his favor.
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