The Paradigm-Shift of Social Spambots: Evidence, Theories, and Tools for the Arms Race

@article{Cresci2017ThePO,
  title={The Paradigm-Shift of Social Spambots: Evidence, Theories, and Tools for the Arms Race},
  author={Stefano Cresci and Roberto Di Pietro and Marinella Petrocchi and Angelo Spognardi and Maurizio Tesconi},
  journal={Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion},
  year={2017}
}
  • Stefano Cresci, Roberto Di Pietro, +2 authors Maurizio Tesconi
  • Published in WWW 2017
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on World Wide Web Companion
  • Recent studies in social media spam and automation provide anecdotal argumentation of the rise of a new generation of spambots, so-called social spambots. Here, for the first time, we extensively study this novel phenomenon on Twitter and we provide quantitative evidence that a paradigm-shift exists in spambot design. First, we measure current Twitter's capabilities of detecting the new social spambots. Later, we assess the human performance in discriminating between genuine accounts, social… CONTINUE READING

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