Revealed: Quarter Of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots

Draft of Brown University study says findings suggest ‘substantial impact of mechanized bots in amplifying denialist messages.’ The stunning levels of Twitter bot activity on topics related to global heating and the climate crisis is distorting the online discourse to include far more climate science denialism than it would otherwise. An analysis of millions of tweets from around the period when Donald Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement found that bots tended to applaud the president for his actions and spread misinformation about the science.

By Oliver Milman. The Guardian. February 21, 2020.

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