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Vulnerabilities of the Online Public Square to Manipulation

  title={Vulnerabilities of the Online Public Square to Manipulation},
  author={Bao Tran Truong and Xiaodan Lou and Alessandro Flammini and Filippo Menczer},
Social media, the modern public square, is vulnerable to manipulation. By controlling inauthentic accounts impersonating humans, malicious actors can amplify disinformation within target communities. The consequences of such operations are difficult to evaluate due to the ethical challenges posed by experiments that would influence online communities. Here we use a social media model that simulates information diffusion in an empirical network to quantify the impacts of adversarial manipulation… 

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