Political Bots

Project on Algorithms, Computational Propaganda, and Digital Politics

As a conservative Twitter user sleeps, his account is hard at work

CHICAGO — Daniel John Sobieski, 68, climbed the stairs in his modest brick home and settled into a worn leather chair for another busy day of tweeting. But he needn’t have bothered. As one of the nation’s most prolific conservative voices on Twitter, he already had posted hundreds of times this morning — as he…

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More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here’s why that matters.

In the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage a right nationwide, a whopping 26 million people slapped a rainbow flag over their Facebook photos to “celebrate pride.” The movement, fomented by a photo-editing tool that Facebook launched Friday, is a response to major news events that we’ve seen before: Profile…

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