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Filtering out social bots can help critical response teams see what’s happening in real time
Researchers have created an algorithm that distinguishes between misinformation and genuine conversations on Twitter, by detecting messages churned out by social bots.
Dr Mehwish Nasim and colleagues at the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide say the algorithm will make it easier for emergency services to detect major events such as civil unrest, natural disasters, and influenza epidemics in real time.
“When something really big is going on, people tweet a huge amount of useful information,” says Mehwish.Continue reading Better emergency responses by removing social bots