Bots Used to Amplify Influence Across Twitter

During the past decade, Twitter has become a digital extension of the public sphere and a potent platform for spreading political and commercial messages. Likes, retweets, and replies from Twitter followers can amplify these messages to reach a broader audience, and a Twitter user’s follower count is often perceived as an apparent indicator of their popularity or influence. Under these dynamics, Twitter followers and engagements have begun to function as a form of social currency.

February 1, 2018