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
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