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Social Bots - The potential opinion makers. TAB-Fokus

Kind, Sonja; Jetzke, Tobias; Weide, Sebastian; Ehrenberg-Silies, Simone; Bovenschulte, Marc


Generally, social bots are used to distort the content of discussions and to influence the significance of topics or the popularity of people and products.
They have the potential to change the political debate culture on the Internet by massively spreading (fake) news and to undermine faith in democracy by »poisoning « a society’s climate.
So far, the still recent phenomenon of social bots has been detected particularly on the platform Twitter.
There is only little evidence so far with regard to their actual impact on shaping a (political) opinion.
The technical possibilities to uncover the impacts of social bots lag behind their rapid development.

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000134076
Veröffentlicht am 04.08.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Sonstiges
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 04.2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2364-2645
KITopen-ID: 1000134076
HGF-Programm 48.01.02 (POF III, LK 01) Knowledge society and knowledge policy
Verlag Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
Umfang 4 S.
Serie TAB-Fokus ; 16
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