What was the event that made me write about this?
A well-known journalist and cybercrime researcher, Brian Krebs, posted a post on his blog, writing about how he collected 12,500 new followers for a single day by posting only one post he mentioned to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Most of these new followers are orders that have zero or a small number of followers on the Twitter network, as well as having an extremely small number of postings, or twits (the message is up to 120 characters). Later investigation revealed that there is a network of bots that are automatically activated on the basis of some parameters, which in this case was the mention of the Russian president and automatically sent a large number of messages, related in this case to the messages of the presidential candidate and the current president of USA Donald Trump. This was confirmed by several other researchers, including Joseph Cox, who wrote for Daily Beast and Ben Nimmo, who wrote for DFRLab. The two of them also had a similar situation and with the name of Vladimir Putin, the same thing happened with their twitter posts. This is just one side of the story, but it is not a secret to use the publication and this was visible during the presidential campaign when a large number of robots (over 7 million) automatically appeared on every Donald’s official announcement. Trump posts are reposted is the same post in seconds. All this leads to thinking about how much it is really possible to influence public opinion or even on election results. My view is that it is possible to change the attitude of the public with these methods significantly. And now let’s go in for a start to see what bots are and how they work.
How do Bots work?
From a technical point of view, the bot is a short name for a software robot, or an intelligent software agent, often involving elements of artificial intelligence. In broader terms, bots are armies who, with their comments on social networks, disagree with public opinion because they are commanded to make their comments impressive for the whole world to be committed and to support their thinking, which is in fact not personal but targeted. This phenomenon is widespread mainly in promoting political ideas and party personalities. The parties make a great deal of use of this kind of propaganda, which is a well-organized and important tool in campaigns that should promote, destroy or endorse a particular idea or personality with the impression that it is a common citizen’s opinion.
One of the biggest contributions of political parties has been the introduction of the so-called ” bots almost to perfection. Here it is important to note that quality publishing implies a wide range from posting comments on the Internet to the mass involvement of “party soldiers” on television and radio shows whenever he or she has some party functions. Politicians, of course, reject the claims that bots influence the creation of new opinion and that they themselves are an important part of their party machine. It is very interesting to find instructions on how to publish certain political parties on the Internet, which describe how to choose a nickname and what content should contain comments.
Topics of Conclusion and Thinking
I want to say that Bots, apart from politics, have other spheres, such as alternative methods of treatment, resistance to vaccination, the sale of certain products, and so on. At various meetings dealing with this issue, it was concluded that this support, as a phenomenon in social networks in which anonymous politicians, ideologies, and businesses permeate public opinion, actually influence public opinion and maybe abusive and undemocratic and as such, they must be sanctioned. Another thing that is most talked about is that if something like this already exists, somehow it is necessary to regulate and control the use of such technology and methods as it is actually a fraud of public opinion. What is still interesting is Wikipedia bots that are small scripts written in python (pywikipediabot), which can automatically change the content of the pages and create new ones for manipulation purposes.