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#DebateNight: The Role and Influence of Socialbots on Twitter During the 1st 2016 U.S. Presidential Debate

Rizoiu, Marian-Andrei; Graham, Timothy; Shang, Rui; Zhang, Yifei; Ackland, Robert; Xie, Lexing


Serious concerns have been raised about the role of ‘socialbots’ in manipulating public opinion and influencing the outcome of elections by retweeting partisan content to increase its reach. Here we analyze the role and influence of socialbots on Twitter by determining how they contribute to retweet diffusions. We collect a large dataset of tweets during the 1st U.S. presidential debate in 2016 and we analyze its 1.5 million users from three perspectives: user influence,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-05-17
Type: Journal article


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