It has been a year since we first reached out about malicious activity on Twitter. We never received a response, but today, the circumstances are different.

Considering the tweets by @yoyoelthe, the problem of tracking malicious activity is one of your highest priorities, as it is for us (and likely the rest of the country).

Over the last 12 years, Twitter has become the home of public discourse in the digital age. As the architects of this community, you have (whether knowingly or unknowingly) also become its governing body. …


One year ago, we launched Botcheck.me, a chrome extension to help you identify automated bot behavior on Twitter. In the last year, as a community we’ve classified over a million accounts!

Today, we’re excited to announce a new update: Botcheck 2.0! We’ve redesigned Botcheck to work seamlessly with the native Twitter browsing experience. In addition to new look, we’ve listened to your feedback and added features like light-scan (scanning accounts that other users have classified before) and auto-scan (automatically scanning tweets before you reply or retweet them).

With the redesign, we’ve made Botcheck even easier to use. Running a bot…


How does Factcheck.me work?

We use the Twitter Streaming API to collect a simple random sample of tweets that match the topic we have been requested to track. We collect the images, and URLs from these tweets and include them in our dashboard. Then, we analyze the accounts collected using our proprietary machine learning model in order to determine whether the accounts are exhibiting “bot-like behavior”.

Machine Learning is form of Artificial Intelligence, and is useful to get a machine to discover trends in data. Using a training set of high confidence bot accounts and verified Twitter accounts, we were…


For the last year, we have been monitoring influence campaigns on social media. We, at RoBhat Labs, believe that we have a duty to share data when it is in the public interest and will do so as it comes to our attention.

Democratic candidate Claire McCaskill is running for re-election against Republican Candidate Josh Hawley for U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

Methodology (When, What, Where)

From October 27th to 28th, 2018, we monitored the Democratic senatorial candidate in Missouri on Twitter from 7:00 PM PST on 10/27 to 7:00 PM PST 10/28 by tracking the terms “mccaskill”, “@clairemc”.

We used the Twitter Streaming…


For the last year, we have been monitoring influence campaigns on social media. We believe that we have a duty to share data when it is in the public interest and will do so as it comes to our attention.

Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke is running against incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in a hotly contested race in Texas.

Methodology (When, What, Where)

From October 27th to 28th, 2018, we monitored the Democratic senatorial candidate in Texas on Twitter from 7:00 PM PST on 10/27 to 7:00 PM PST 10/28 by tracking the terms “beto”, “o’rourke”, “#beto”, “#betoorourke”, “@BetoORourke”.

We used the Twitter Streaming…


For the last year, we have been monitoring influence campaigns on social media. We believe that we have a duty to share data when it is in the public interest and will do so as it comes to our attention.

Incumbent Republican candidate Ted Cruz is running against Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke in a hotly contested race in Texas. We tracked bot activity surrounding the candidate.

Methodology (When, What, Where)

From October 27th, 2018 to October 28th, 2018, we monitored the Republican candidate Ted Cruz in the Texas senatorial election on Twitter from October 27th PST to 7 PST by tracking the terms “@SenTedCruz”…


For the last year, we have been monitoring influence campaigns on social media. We believe that we have a duty to share data when it is in the public interest and will do so as it comes to our attention.

With an open seat for Governor at play, significant national media attention has focused on the campaigns of Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum in the perennial battle ground state of Florida.

When, What, Where

When we tracked, what we tracked, and where we tracked.

On October 27th, 2018, we monitored the Florida Gubernatorial race on Twitter from 7:00am PST to 7:00pm PST by…


Methodology

What is a Propaganda Bot? What are Bots in General?

Bots on Twitter are semi-automated or automated programs that use the normal functions of Twitter, such as tweeting, re-tweeting, and posting content. Unlike other social media websites such as LinkedIn, Twitter allows the use of bots on their platform. For example, there is a bot on Twitter that tweeted every word in the English language and completed the task back in 2014. There are third-party applications that help you get set up with a bot yourself, and Twitter’s API allows for automated posts. For the most part, the bots are harmless and publicly reveal themselves as bots.

However, there…


Background

Wait, what are Political Propaganda Bots in the first place? Political propaganda bots are semi-automated or automated accounts on Twitter who identify themselves as real humans and endorse politically polarizing content. They often retweet other content instead of tweeting their own content. We have seen cases where these accounts are re-tweeting falsified information. We further discuss these propaganda bots and explain our process of finding these accounts here.

At Robhat Labs, we have created an algorithm that helps identify these political propaganda bots. Using this classifier, we were able to monitor the activity of these accounts and find some interesting…

RoBhat Labs

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