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[ NNSquad ] Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election

Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election

http://t.co/pVs0RFna  (IEEE)

   "Because it's just six years old, Twitter has been around for only one
    U.S. presidential election, in 2008. As the tide of Twitter users
    swells and the political stakes rise, candidates will increasingly use
    this social media platform to enhance our perception of their
    popularity and tarnish that of their opponents. There is ample
    opportunity to spread misinformation cheaply, argue Wellesley College
    computer scientists Panagiotis "Takis" Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj, in
    the journal Science this week. Metaxas, who says his students'
    willingness to believe information on the Internet brought him to
    examine the issue, says that the ability to manipulate social media
    and search results remains underappreciated by the media and the

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