IDG Contributor Network: How to make fake friends and influence people politically with botnets

Dale Carnegie would be horrified. His classic on how to influence people has been perverted for online political manipulation.

How do botnets work? How are they used for mass deception? How to recognize that you might be interacting with a political bot?

Social media has evolved from personal communications to an impersonal one. Chatbots can be programmed to post and tweet automatically. They’re versatile and interactions appear human. They even get smarter as they learn from interactions with people. In reality, they’re programs that interact through a chat interface and respond based on preset rules and artificial intelligence. Chatbots are now responsible for much of the traffic on rate Facebook Messenger and Twitter. Botlist features hundreds of bots everything from checking stock prices to online dating.

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