The University of Southern California and University of Indiana have found almost 28 million to 48 million twitter bots on Twitter. A twitter bot is automated by programmed functions. This means there is up to 15 percent of twitters users are bots.
According to researchers there is an estimate of 9 percent or 28 million twitter accounts that are bots – based out of the 319 million users across the social media platform. Twitter didn’t comment on the latest 48 million estimation done by the universities, however. The universities used 6 categories to determine the bots on Twitter.
Researchers used more than one thousand features to identify bot accounts on Twitter, in categories including friends, tweet content and sentiment, and time between tweets.
The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Twitter Bots:
Some twitter bots are good. They help in determining weather updates like disasters or threat situations. While some bots are used for negative purposes like in elections, or promoting specific products, others are more harmful, like those used by ISIS to promote propaganda and recruitment purposes. In the US election nineteen percent of the tweets (3.8 million) came from twitter bots.
How to Save Yourself From the Harmful Harassing Way of the Twitter Bots:
Twitter users will find it difficult to determine a twitter bot easily. If the bot is harassing your sentiments, your society or religion, you can simply mute the twitter account using the new feature. This will stop any notifications being seen in your Twitter feed.
If the twitter account uses a default profile picture, this may be another give away that it’s a bot.