Der Weltuntergang ist verschoben, wir lassen die Lichter hier bis zum 1. Januar 2022 gegen 11 Uhr an - feiert Silvester gerne in der 2D-Welt oder mit euren Lieben in einem Jitsi-Raum. // The end is not so nigh, we will try to keep everything running until January 1st 2022 ~11am - celebrate new year in the 2D world or with your loved ones via Jitsi.
The Rise and Fall of "Social Bot" Research
1 month, 3 weeks ago // Event Information
The idea that social media is populated by countless "social bots" has become widely accepted. "Social bots" are assumed to be automated social media accounts operated by malicious actors with the aim of manipulating public opinion. Alleged "social bot armies" have been reported during the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit referendum, and, more recently, in the context of the Covid19 pandemic. In fact, however, the relevant research is based on ridiculous, pseudoscientific methods, the failure of which the researchers regularly try to conceal by withholding the raw data. The alleged "bots" in these studies are almost exclusively normal people who are misinterpreted as "bots".