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Twitter bots might be even more prevalent than you originally thought.
According to a University of Southern California study released this wee, Twitter is the home of nearly 48 million bots. Sounds like a lot, right? Well, if you take into account that Twitter has 319 million monthly users and you consider that, according to the study, somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of accounts are not actually run by humans, the high end of that equation equals 47.85 million bots.
But before you go logging off Twitter in a panic, remember this.
“Many bot accounts are extremely beneficial, like those that automatically alert people of natural disasters … or from customer service points of view,” a Twitter spokesperson told CNBC.
Of course, not all bots are quite such a positive influence. As the study points out, “There is a growing record of malicious applications of social bots. Some emulate human behavior to manufacture fake grassroots political support … [and] promote terrorist propaganda and recruitment.”
According to science journal First Monday, it’s estimated that about 400,000 bots were responsible for 3.8 million tweets in the presidential election-heavy period between Sept. 16 and Oct. 21 of last year. That equaled about 20 percent of all election-related tweets.
H/T CBS News
Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.