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I'm in the New York Times today talking about bots and disinformation. And how the Great Bot Scourge is mostly exaggerated and misunderstood.

nytimes.com/2020/06/16/science

@darius the “bots” on twitter are discontinued accounts backed by China for trolling and public influencing purposes if I’m not mistaken.

@Bossquast lmao did you really just reply to the subject matter expert to provide a definition that he went over in the article. really

@t54r4n1 new to this I only saw one comment, didn’t see an article. Anyone who wants to get rid of customs though isn’t a subject expert.

@t54r4n1 also it was more of a confirmation that that’s what he was talking about, so I could avoid analyzing a giant article.

@Bossquast didn't want to click through and read the headline? OK. wanted to come into someone's menchies about it without reading it? not ok.

@t54r4n1 everyone has their opinion. I’d rather not read something that’ll upset and annoy me. Since if I disagree I’m going to argue. I don’t think that’s wrong of me for wanting to avoid arguments.

@t54r4n1 as far as topics are from liberal communities like New York I have to be careful what I click on. Otherwise the end is inevitably badmouthing each other. It’s just not worth getting angry over.

@t54r4n1 exactly, hence why I was looking for confirmation before I open it up.

@darius Wow. Congrats! I'll tell people that I followed you before you were in the NYT. :)

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I think the idea that half of twitter activity was bots made me believe a lot of responses I have encountered were bots. I am doubting those assumptions now.

@darius I learned a lot ! Thanks for the boost and the work !

@darius 1. Congratulations!, 2. Wow this article is literally the Olivia James Nancy strip about bots, 3. Oliver doesn't look nearly as excited as you do about being in the NYT

@tchambers No. I had to boot up a laptop I rarely use in order to read the whole article with a "clean" web browser 🤷‍♂️

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