Surge in Twitter Bots Cause of Concern
While it’s usually exciting news to hear new Twitter users are being added, the company has concerns about a surge of new, anonymous accounts being created across Asia. The worries stem from the ‘botmageddon’ that the U.S. saw this year, where social media accounts were used as influencers across the web. This is something Newhouse assistant professor of communications and social media expert Jennifer Grygiel, talks about.
“Bad actors around the world have really followed the potential of social media to influence the political process,” she told the Agence France Presse in an interview, also adding that “the risk is the accounts are sitting there like a cancer.”