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Gepetto’s Army: Creating International Incidents with Twitter Bots
 

Gepetto’s Army: Creating International Incidents with Twitter Bots

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Twitter has proven to be an invaluable tool for communication during breaking news intense periods of political unrest. When thousands of people tweet, the outside world gets a chance to understand ...

Twitter has proven to be an invaluable tool for communication during breaking news intense periods of political unrest. When thousands of people tweet, the outside world gets a chance to understand events on the ground. But what if none of those thousands of people were real, and the events never happened? A malicious puppetmaster could create hundreds of Twitter bots, letting them live perfectly normal and believable lives for months while they build up followers. Then one day, a careful crafted false story unfolds on the stage of social media, played out by a single director with hundreds of actors. Real world Incidents have shown that powerful stories can become widespread before there is time for fact checking. Before anyone realizes all the TwitPics are faked, the false news will have made international headlines.

Social Robots challenge our preconceived notions of what social media can be used for. They present a dangerous threat to the news industry, but also a powerful opportunity to help people.

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  • Gepetto’s Army: Creating International Incidentswith Twitter Bots
    #twitterbots
    @gregmarra
    14 Mar 2011
  • No content from this presentation is endorsed by or represents the views of any companies, educational institutions, or anybody but me.
  • http://www.micropersuasion.com/2008/09/cnn-twitters-it.html
  • http://articles.cnn.com/2011-02-14/opinion/nye.egypt.power_1_soft-power-information-age-muslim-brotherhood
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-5092668-503544.html
  • http://www.lostremote.com/2011/01/09/how-an-incorrect-report-of-giffords-death-spread-on-twitter/
  • http://www.exquisitetweets.com/collection/abscond/152
  • http://www.exquisitetweets.com/collection/abscond/152
  • "Jakarta tsunami tomorrow" - AndiArief
      Indonesian Presidential Special Staff for Social and Disaster Assistance
    http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/11/25/hacker-spreads-jakarta-tsunami-warning-from-government-advisors-twitter-account/
  • Automate It!
  • Project Realboy
    Goals
    Identify Social Graph Clusters
    Infiltrate Social Graph Clusters
    Achieve 25% Follow-Back Rate
  • Life of a Realboy
    3x Daily
    Follow 5 more target_users
    Follow back all new followers
    Tweet something
  • Keywords:
    • holidays
    • happy
    • time
  • Twitter Search For:
    happy holidays time
  • Twitter Search For:
    happy holidays time
    • “Pizza in the belly. Time for a workout and then a Christmas party.Happy Holidays.”
    • “My holidays are starting soon! I wish everyone a happy time and much much fun!”
    • “Time to shoot some holiday photos!!! Happy Holidays!!”
  • “My holidays are starting soon! I wish everyone a happy time and much much fun!”
  • Fly Under Radar
    No @replies
    No #tags
  • Copying Tweets = Automatic Coherence*
    *as coherent as the average Twitter user
  • February
  • February
    March
  • February
    March
    July
  • @gregmarra
    @craiovatweet
    @robotboston
    @clarksadventure
    @craiovatweet
    @craiovatweet
    @craiovatweet
    @craiovatweet
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  • Social Robot Competitions
    1pt for follow-back
    3pts for @replies
    -15pts if bots caught
    http://www.webecologyproject.org/2011/01/help-robots-take-over-the-internet-the-socialbots-2011-competition/
  • Social Robots Strategies
    Turk tweets
    Ask softball questions
    Swarm tactics
  • Mechanical Turk
  • Softball Questions
  • Support Swarm
    Bot
    Target
    Support Swarm
  • Human Workers
  • Open Source Social Robots
    http://ca.olin.edu/2008/realboy/code.html
    http://www.webecologyproject.org/2011/02/complete-source-code-from-socialbots-2011/
  • Your Own Army!
    Mar
    Launch Bots
  • Your Own Army!
    Mar
    Launch Bots
    Apr - Jul
    Build Audience, Credibility
    Script Fake Event
  • Your Own Army!
    Mar
    Launch Bots
    Apr - Jul
    Build Audience, Credibility
    Script Fake Event
    Aug
    Play Out Script
    ???
    Headlines!!!
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/candelabrumdanse/3353943533/
  • http://churmura.com/technology/gadgets/solid-gold-iphone-3g/22171/
  • Defense Tactics
    Detect robots
    Do homework
  • Social Robots can’t be detected like Spambots
    Spam Bots
    Follow many random people
    Tweet a lot at once
    Tweet links
  • Social Robots can’t be detected like Spambots
    Spam Bots
    Social Robots
    Follow many random people
    Follow connected people
    Tweet a lot at once
    Tweet at normal pace
    Tweet links
    Tweet like real people
  • More Information
    Co-Researchers
  • Gepetto’s Army: Creating International Incidents with Twitter Bots#twitterbots | @gregmarra
    Mar
    Launch Bots
    Apr - Jul
    Build Audience, Credibility
    Script Fake Event
    Aug
    Play Out Script
    14 Mar 2011