Is one-third of Trump subscribers on Twitter robots?
Is one-third of Trump subscribers on Twitter robots? Internet users discovered that a supposed Donald Trump support on Twitter was actually a fake account powered by a computer robot.
Since Donald Trump’s election to the White House, the Twitter account of the US president, which has just over 35 million subscribers, continues to be controversial. After repeated attacks on the media, it is now the subscribers of the account that have attracted the attention of Internet users.
At issue: the blurring around the profile of a supposed supporter of Donald Trump whom the American president personally thanked for his support.
Nicole Mancey, whose account has since been suspended, presented herself as an “entrepreneur” and a “black conservative”, and had greeted in a tweet the “hard work” of the president in favor of the American people. Until then, nothing particularly shocking.
Except that some Internet users revealed that this account had been opened in January 2017, the date of the installation of Donald Trump at the White House, but especially that the person appearing in the picture of this profile also appeared on an online fashion site. It would actually be a dummy who made pictures for a royalty-free image site, reports 20 Minutes. His image, combined with a false identity, would have been used to create a favorable profile for the American president.
Hillary Clinton also used this process
A case far from being isolated. These false accounts, called bots, are computer programs that produce content in an automated way and are particularly used in politics. A study conducted in the US presidential election estimated that a third of Donald Trump’s subscribers were bots, compared to a fifth for Hillary Clinton.