May 28, 2022

Say Hello to BotSlayer: “Indiana University Develops New Services to Rid of False Information on Twitter”

From The Indiana Daily Student:

A new software system, BotSlayer, was designed to help people identify whether or not something found on Twitter was sent out by a bot. This software was created at IU by the Observatory on Social Media, a research center focused on the spread of misinformation on social media.


BotSlayer is based on other tools OSoMe has had in the past, like Hoaxy, which lets people track fake information, and Botometer, which shows how likely an account is to be a bot.

These past tools have helped in picking out misinformation in elections. In the 2016 elections, [IU informatics professor Fillipo] Menczer said OSoMe was able to identify how articles were pushed out on social media and how likely human users were to share them.

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See Also: More Details About BotSlayer in this September 12, 2019 Article

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