bots

10.4.19

Microsoft Used Machine Learning to Make a Bot That Comments on News Articles For Some Reason

The algorithm automatically reads and digests new articles, and posts comments alongside humans.

8.26.19

Inside the Black Market for Bots That Buy Designer Clothes Before They Sell Out

Hacker finalphoenix kept getting beaten by bots buying designer clothes. So she built her own, but stumbled into a massive ecosystem of shady resellers.

7.26.19

The US Government Is Using Pineapple Pizza to Explain Russian Political Interference

We asked an online disinformation expert why the controversial dish is an apt metaphor for how trolls are messing with our country.

12.4.18

Tumblr’s Algorithm Thinks Vomiting Unicorns, Raw Chicken, and Boot Cleaners Are Porn

Users have been sharing their innocuous posts that have been deemed #TooSexyForTumblr.

10.15.18

99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality

A new report from Stanford University shows that most commenters were knowledgeable about the issue and very much in favor of keeping the protections.

9.17.18

Researchers Developed a New, Even More Convincing Way to Write Fake Yelp Reviews

A new machine learning method keeps AI on track when writing fake reviews.

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9.13.18

This Twitter Bot Will Tell You if a Login Page is Phishing

@isthisphish takes submissions from users, then generates a report on how suspicious the domain seems to be.

8.28.18

Scammers Threaten to Review Bomb a Travel Company Unless it Pays Ransom

Twitter bots, fake reviews, and Instagram comments are the tools of a black hat SEO extortion attempt.

8.24.18

Those anti-vaxxers you've been arguing with on Twitter were probably Russian trolls

Researchers also found automated bot accounts peddling anti-vaccine messages to inflame Twitter users.

4.20.18

How to Buy a Piece of India’s Burgeoning Instagram Economy

Winning friends and influencing people is cheaper than a packet of chips when ₹1 gets you four Instagram followers.

3.23.18

California Lawmakers Want Twitter Bots Branded With Disclaimers

Two pending laws will change the way Silicon Valley manages non-human social media accounts.

2.7.18

'Humans Not Invited' Is a CAPTCHA Test That Welcomes Bots, Filters Out Humans

FINALLY, A PLACE WHERE FELLOW ROBOTS CAN CONVENE WITHOUT SENTIENT MEAT BAGS.

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