June 25, 2018

Mellon and McNair Students Battle Bots and Sockpuppets

Exerpt from "Fake News? History." by Jeremy Gerlach: 

"What if we told you that what goes 'viral' isn’t random anymore?

Picture this: vast, virtual armies of bots and sockpuppets—fake and duplicate social media accounts—spreading misinformation, controlling which topics trend on Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites.

'Suddenly, a topic that someone wants to become important can become important,' says Brandon Guzman ’19, a communication major from Austin, Texas. 'Going viral is no longer a random thing - it’s pretty insidious.'

Welcome to 2018."

Check out the entire article here: "Fake News? History."