Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots'
More than four times as many pro-Donald Trump bots were active in and around the first US presidential debate as the number dedicated to supporting Hillary Clinton, according to a study.
The research indicates the Republican candidate would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the automated accounts had not been active.
But it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues".
The report has yet to be peer-reviewed.
And one critic noted that it was impossible to be completely sure which accounts were real... read more
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