The Brexit Botnet and User-Generated Hyperpartisan News

@article{Bastos2019TheBB,
  title={The Brexit Botnet and User-Generated Hyperpartisan News},
  author={Marco Toledo Bastos and Dan Mercea},
  journal={Social Science Computer Review},
  year={2019},
  volume={37},
  pages={38 - 54}
}
In this article, we uncover a network of Twitterbots comprising 13,493 accounts that tweeted the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, only to disappear from Twitter shortly after the ballot. We compare active users to this set of political bots with respect to temporal tweeting behavior, the size and speed of retweet cascades, and the composition of their retweet cascades (user-to-bot vs. bot-to-bot) to evidence strategies for bot deployment. Our results move forward the… 

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