The DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge

  title={The DARPA Twitter Bot Challenge},
  author={V. S. Subrahmanian and Amos Azaria and Skylar Durst and Vadim Kagan and Aram Galstyan and Kristina Lerman and Linhong Zhu and Emilio Ferrara and Alessandro Flammini and Filippo Menczer and Rand Waltzman and Andrew Stevens and Alex Dekhtyar and Shuyang Gao and Tad Hogg and Farshad Kooti and Yan Liu and Onur Varol and Prashant Shiralkar and V. G. Vinod Vydiswaran and Qiaozhu Mei and Tim Huang},
From politicians and nation states to terrorist groups, numerous organizations reportedly conduct explicit campaigns to influence opinions on social media, posing a risk to freedom of expression. Thus, there is a need to identify and eliminate "influence bots" - realistic, automated identities that illicitly shape discussions on sites like Twitter and Facebook - before they get too influential. 
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