Celebrity Twitter accounts behave a lot like bots, study says

Researchers from the University of Cambridge published a study this month saying Twitter accounts with very high follower accounts will behave very much like bot accounts, even when they’re ostensibly run by a human. The researchers were attempting to determine how Twitter bots behave and whether they can be detected. They developed an algorithm capable of assessing Twitter accounts with roughly 86-percent bot-detecting accuracy. The algorithm was developed by analyzing various patterns in the accounts behavior, from number of retweets, to likelihood of reply, to the frequency of tweets linking to outside sites. They discovered Twitter accounts with more than 10…

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