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Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them” – TechCrunch

Twitter is considering badging bots — “as far as we can detect them” – TechCrunch At today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was asked by vice chair Sen. Mark Warner whether users should have “a right to know” if they are talking to a bot or a human …

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Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch

Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the course of a wider research project to …

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Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year – TechCrunch

Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year – TechCrunch Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense might be numbered. The Washington Post reported Friday that in the last few months the company has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the spread of disinformation …

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Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch

Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots – TechCrunch Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster efforts to fight spam and “malicious automation” (aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account verification and sign-up; running a historical audit to catch spammers who …

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BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain – TechCrunch

BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain – TechCrunch Increasingly we are going to be having bots conducting business on a company’s behalf. As that happens, it is going to require a trust mechanism to ensure that bot-to-bot communication is legitimate. BotChain, a new startup out of Boston …

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Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms to develop and apply …

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Twitter Bots Account for Two-Thirds of Links to Popular Websites

It’s no secret that Twitter is largely populated by bots, automated programs that often act under the guise of being an actual human, but new findings out of the Pew Research Center helps quantify their activity. Bots account for two-thirds of tweets that link to popular websites, according to the report, …

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Bots on Twitter share two-thirds of links to popular websites: Pew – TechCrunch

It’s official: Bots are doing a lot of PR grunt work on Twitter — especially when it comes to promoting porn websites. That perhaps unsurprising conclusion about what automated Twitter accounts are link sharing comes courtesy of a new study by the Pew Research Center which set out to quantify one …

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