bots

Censorship

Tumblr’s Algorithm Thinks Vomiting Unicorns, Raw Chicken, and Boot Cleaners Are Porn

Users have been sharing their innocuous posts that have been deemed #TooSexyForTumblr.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.4.18
net neutrality

99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality

A new report from Stanford University shows that most commenters were knowledgeable about the issue and very much in favor of keeping the protections.
Kaleigh Rogers
10.15.18
yelp

Researchers Developed a New, Even More Convincing Way to Write Fake Yelp Reviews

A new machine learning method keeps AI on track when writing fake reviews.
Samantha Cole
9.17.18
STOP PHISHING

This Twitter Bot Will Tell You if a Login Page is Phishing

@isthisphish takes submissions from users, then generates a report on how suspicious the domain seems to be.
Joseph Cox
9.13.18
pay up

Scammers Threaten to Review Bomb a Travel Company Unless it Pays Ransom

Twitter bots, fake reviews, and Instagram comments are the tools of a black hat SEO extortion attempt.
Joseph Cox
8.28.18
Social Media

How to Buy a Piece of India’s Burgeoning Instagram Economy

Winning friends and influencing people is cheaper than a packet of chips when ₹1 gets you four Instagram followers.
Chandni Doulatramani
4.20.18
bots

California Lawmakers Want Twitter Bots Branded With Disclaimers

Two pending laws will change the way Silicon Valley manages non-human social media accounts.
Troy Farah
3.23.18
Revenge of the Robots

'Humans Not Invited' Is a CAPTCHA Test That Welcomes Bots, Filters Out Humans

FINALLY, A PLACE WHERE FELLOW ROBOTS CAN CONVENE WITHOUT SENTIENT MEAT BAGS.
Mack DeGeurin
2.7.18
Boty Politic

The Bots That Are Changing Politics

A taxonomy of politibots, a swelling force in global elections that cannot be ignored.
Renee DiResta
John Little
Jonathon Morgan
Lisa Maria Neudert
Ben Nimmo
11.2.17
"What Do You Do For a Living?"

A Former Clickhole Writer Made a ‘Content Bot’ That Will Probably Become My Boss

It’s already won a comedy competition and is currently applying to be Poet Laureate for the city of Redmond, Washington.
Claire Downs
10.12.17
net neutrality

More Than 80% Of All Net Neutrality Comments Were Sent By Bots, Researchers Say

95 percent of all organic comments favored net neutrality, according to the analysis.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.3.17
sneakernet

Inside the Wild World of Sneaker-Buying Bots

Sneakerheads are increasingly relying on automated software to buy limited-release shoes as soon as they go on sale.
Ashwin Rodrigues
8.14.17
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