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On the hunt for social bots

The people behind the non-profit Berlin-based initiative "Botswatch" have set themselves the goal of examining social media reactions to political events such as party conferences and political talk shows and establishing how many social bots are involved. An account is categorised as a social bot when it tweets or clicks "Like" more than 50 times a day. "Botswatch" is also capable of developing its own bots to uncover social bots such as those which are duplicates of various accounts.