Disinformation and Social Bot Operations in the Run Up to the 2017 French Presidential Election

  title={Disinformation and Social Bot Operations in the Run Up to the 2017 French Presidential Election},
  author={Emilio Ferrara},
  journal={Interorganizational Networks \& Organizational Behavior eJournal},
  • Emilio Ferrara
  • Published 30 June 2017
  • Computer Science
  • Interorganizational Networks & Organizational Behavior eJournal
Recent accounts from researchers, journalists, as well as federal investigators, reached a unanimous conclusion: social media are systematically exploited to manipulate and alter public opinion. Some disinformation campaigns have been coordinated by means of bots, social media accounts controlled by computer scripts that try to disguise themselves as legitimate human users. In this study, we describe one such operation that occurred in the run up to the 2017 French presidential election. We… 

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