2017 #SMSociety Theme: Social Media for Social Good or Evil

Our online behaviour is far from virtual–it extends our offline lives. Much social media research has identified the positive opportunities of using social media; for example, how people use social media to form support groups online, participate in political uprising, raise money for charities, extend teaching and learning outside the classroom, etc. However, mirroring offline experiences, we have also seen social media being used to spread propaganda and misinformation, recruit terrorists, live stream criminal activities, reinforce echo chambers by politicians, and perpetuate hate and oppression (such as racist, sexist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic behaviour).

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Sunday, July 30 • 15:31 - 17:00
Identifying Bots In The Australian Twittersphere [WIP]

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Author: Brenda Moon

Abstract: Identification of bots on Twitter can be difficult, and successful approaches often use an iterative workflow, applying different techniques to identify different groups of bots. This paper presents first results of the application of this iterative workflow to the Australian TrISMA collection, which contains the tweets of over 4 million Twitter accounts identified as being Australian. To our knowledge this research undertakes the first comprehensive identification of bots in the Australian Twittersphere. The identified bots are then classified by bot type and the proportion of overall account and tweet numbers they represent determined.

Sunday July 30, 2017 15:31 - 17:00 EDT
TRS 1-075 - 7th Flr Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University 55 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C9