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A weather forecast for fake news outbreaks on social media is coming

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A social media weather report that predicts outbreaks of propaganda is on its approach. It cannot arrive quickly sufficient, says Annalee Newitz



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29 July 2020

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A FEW weeks in the past, I seen {that a} foul and offensive hashtag was trending on Twitter. Like a horror film character who goes into the basement after listening to monster noises, I clicked on it.

Every put up on the hashtag was like a parody of a political debate, with both sides making the same screaming accusations. It was nearly as if these folks had realized to argue from dangerous algorithms.

That is when it hit me. Maybe these offended tweets have been generated by algorithms. Or by operatives at a spot just like the Internet Research Agency …

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