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Core hints :According to a new study released by the Pew Research Center, chat robot accounts on Twitter are more active than human users: 66 % of tweets linking to popular websites and articles are shared by chat robots, according to foreign media reports. And these

Release date:2018-08-28

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 According to a new study released by the Pew Research Center, chat robot accounts on Twitter are more active than human users: 66 % of tweets linking to popular websites and articles are shared by chat robots, according to foreign media reports. And these accounts have nothing to do with real human users.

In addition, the most active 500 Twitter chat robots push 22 % of the links, which means that they share nearly four times the number of humans in the same number, and the 500 most prolific human users on Twitter account for only 6 %. share.
While both findings suggest that chat robots have overtaken humans on Twitter, the Pew survey also showed that chat robots account for 89 % of the links shared by news aggregators.
Is that important? Indeed, news aggregators(like Google news and other apps) use algorithms to decide which articles to show to you, where they come from, and in what order. A surprising number of chat robots on Twitter are likely to be designed to manipulate these algorithms.
If you can manipulate what you want to share, you can manipulate what others see. The way these algorithms work is usually appropriate. However, it seems that the vast majority of sharing is controlled by chat robots, not real humans.
News aggregation sites are not the only ones using algorithms. Facebook uses an algorithm to determine what to show to users in its news recommendations. Twitter also uses an algorithm to determine what people see on the timeline. Even Google's search results may be affected by Twitter's sharing activities.
Even if you don't have a Twitter or Facebook account, what you see on the Internet(such as news reports and capping content that are going crazy) is likely to be affected by the link sharing robot.
What do these chat robots want? It's hard to say. Many people assume that the main goal of sharing driven by chat robots is political propaganda. During the 2016 presidential election, research showed that one-third of the tweets supporting Trump and 1/5 supporting Hillary Clinton were generated by chat robots.
However, recent analysis by the Pew Research Center has not confirmed that there is any ideological bias in the sharing activities of chat robots. Instead, chat robots share more links with ideologically mixed and neutral news sites.
This does not necessarily mean that the "sharing of chat robots" does not include a political agenda. Foreign governments(such as Russia) may promote certain specific information(true or false) in order to create confusion and discord in the United States.
Friday, for example, the United States and France launched a joint missile attack on Syria. The U.S. Department of defense reports that activities by Russia's "trolls" have increased by 2000 %. A study conducted in 2017 by Freedom House, a human rights group, concluded that 30 foreign governments now use online propaganda tools, such as chat robots, to manipulate and distort information online.
Even if chat robots share real news reports, their productive sharing capabilities(compared to human users) are a serious threat to the integrity of the Internet. With this power, chat robots can make certain news reports seem more popular and urgent, and they can also crowd out and suppress other news.
Taking up two-thirds of the activity on Twitter, chat robots can be the ultimate force in making decisions that allow you to see specific content. Twitter recently announced that it is trying to solve the problem by imposing new restrictions, including blocking third-party apps that allow people to send Twitter messages through multiple accounts at once.
When Make·zhakeboge, Facebook's chief executive, went to Congress to testify, he revealed that Facebook was taking interesting non-human steps to fight Facebook's own chat robot problem.
As Mr Zuckerberg explains: "we have deployed new artificial intelligence tools that can better identify fake accounts that might be trying to interfere with elections or disseminate misinformation." As a result of this effort, Facebook recently deleted "thousands of accounts that could cause significant harm. "
In essence, this is like an arms race for a chat robot VS chat robot. Zuckerberg also admitted: "The essence of these attacks is that Russians are using our system, so this is an arms race. They will do better in this area, and we need to continue to improve our services. "
However, most of the chat robot activity on the Internet may be for economic benefits rather than political purposes. Another recent study of the activities of chat robots concluded that many chat robots publish information about certain listed companies on Twitter in order to manipulate stock prices.
The hypothetical goal of these chat robots(and the unknown humans or companies behind them) is to make money in the stock market before the public perceives such artificially created fluctuations.
Another finding from a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center suggests that many chat robots are just part of an enterprise's marketing effort to sell more products. Pew found that 73 % of the links to goods and services are shared by chat robots.
The chat-robot activity is likely to be carried out by companies that want to make certain products look more popular, hoping that unsuspecting consumers will search for these seemingly popular products and attract them to buy them.

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