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Researchers Explore Porn-bots and Troll Accounts

An enormous wave of so-called porn-bots liking random Twitter posts recently hit the internet. The development has inspired seven researchers to launch the #botjakten inquiry to find out more about the phenomenon.

Illustration from #botjakten.se. Analysis of the most recent spam bot tweets. In-degree network based on @-tweets. Larger nodes mean more incoming @-tweets, which may be interpreted as bot targets.


An enormous wave of so-called porn-bots liking random Twitter posts recently hit the internet. Porn-bots are fake, automated Twitter accounts linked to pornographic websites.

The development has inspired seven researchers to launch the #botjakten inquiry to find out more about the phenomenon. One of them is Christopher Kullenberg, researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science.

Kullenberg stresses that knowledge about how social media work is important both as a research field and in order for people in society to better understand the modern media landscape.

You find more information in English about project #botjakten on this site www.botjakten.se