Tag: Bots

Social media bots an influential force in Africa’s elections

Social media bots an influential force in Africa’s elections

Internet, Mobile, social media
Automated bots are increasingly muddying election cycles in Africa, disrupting conversations, distorting facts, and bringing into focus the changing dynamics of politics in the continent. Bots on social media became an influential voice during crucial Africa polls over the last year, claims a report called How Africa Tweets from communications consultancy Portland. These bots, defined by some as a new form of media, are software programs that combine artificial intelligence with communication skills and intimate human behavior. Using them, one could amplify a specific conversation on social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook by posting videos, photos, and biased statements targeting particular hashtags and wordings. In 10 elections across nine African nations which took place be...

BitDefender identifies malicious bots on popular dating app Tinder

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Attack of the Tinder bots: 'malicious' download links found in dating app You might think you're chatting up an attractive human, but they could be a malware-toting algorithm. Called Alicia. Dating app Tinder is hugely popular around the world, with an estimated 4.2m daily users. Now those users are being warned that the service has been "invaded by bots" posing as humans. Security firm BitDefender has identified the bots, which pose as women to engage Tinder users in text-chat, before seeming to promote a mobile game called Castle Clash, posting a link to a website called Tinderverified.com which is not owned by or associated with Tinder. "The name of the URL gives the impression of an official page of the dating app and for extra legitimacy scammers also registered it on a rep...