Why Botter: How Pro-Government Bots Fight Opposition in Russia

  title={Why Botter: How Pro-Government Bots Fight Opposition in Russia},
  author={Denis Stukal and Sergey Sanovich and Richard Bonneau and Joshua A. Tucker},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={843 - 857}
There is abundant anecdotal evidence that nondemocratic regimes are harnessing new digital technologies known as social media bots to facilitate policy goals. However, few previous attempts have been made to systematically analyze the use of bots that are aimed at a domestic audience in autocratic regimes. We develop two alternative theoretical frameworks for predicting the use of pro-regime bots: one which focuses on bot deployment in response to offline protest and the other in response to… 


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