Martyn McLaughlin: Bots are drowning out real people on social media

The rise of fake accounts is a blow to social media’s democratising power, writes Martyn McLaughlin.
There was a time, not so long ago, when the rapid evolution of social networks from a conduit for ephemera and blurry cat photographs to the epicentre of day-to-day discourse proved problematic for journalists. 
I worked for one editor who was aghast at the idea of quoting someone’s Facebook status update or tweet in print, no matter if the poster was a public figure and what they had do say was newsworthy. Only by speaking to them and inviting them to repeat what they had typed verbatim... read more

31 January 2018 in Hot News, Views: 171
Source: Scotsman

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