Are Tweets Human or Twitter Bots?

Are Tweets Human or Twitter Bots?

At the same time Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, is testifying before Congress about fake posts on his social network, Pew Research Center has come out with a study that shows how affected Twitter is by Twitter bots that are used to influence consumer actions. The study notes that fully two-thirds of all tweets at popular websites are non-human. These tweets are not necessarily politically liberal or conservative, but do drive Twitter’s news coverage. They explain that, “A relatively small number of highly active bots are responsible for a significant share of links to prominent news and media sites” and that human tweets are a very small portion of what we see. You can see more detail here about the results of the study and watch a video on how Pew Research Center determined the use of Twitter bots.