Cyborgs, Trolls and Bots: A Guide to Online Misinformation

Cyborgs, Trolls and Bots: A Guide to Online Misinformation

Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online. As the 2016 election showed, social media is increasingly used to amplify false claims and divide Americans over hot-button issues including race and immigration. Researchers who study misinformation predict it will get worse leading up to this year’s presidential vote. Here’s a guide to understanding the problem: MISINFORMATION VS.

Cyborgs, Trolls and Bots: A Guide to Online Misinformation

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