Do you really follow them? Automatic detection of credulous Twitter users

@inproceedings{Balestrucci2019DoYR,
  title={Do you really follow them? Automatic detection of credulous Twitter users},
  author={Alessandro Balestrucci and Rocco De Nicola and Marinella Petrocchi and Catia Trubiani},
  booktitle={IDEAL},
  year={2019}
}
Online Social Media represent a pervasive source of information able to reach a huge audience. Sadly, recent studies show how online social bots (automated, often malicious accounts, populating social networks and mimicking genuine users) are able to amplify the dissemination of (fake) information by orders of magnitude. Using Twitter as a benchmark, in this work we focus on what we define credulous users, i.e., human-operated accounts with a high percentage of bots among their followings… 

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