Bots tweeting about Toronto's Sidewalk Labs project raise disinformation red flags - 2019-07-10

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F182.png Bots tweeting about Toronto's Sidewalk Labs project raise disinformation red flags July 10, 2019, Kaleigh Rogers, CBC News

A swarm of bots on Twitter sent out identical, co-ordinated tweets this week about a proposed smart city project in Toronto.

After the tweets caught the attention of journalists and privacy experts, Twitter suspended the accounts, but the moment provided a valuable glimpse into the inner workings of these kinds of networks and the techniques being used to make bots harder to detect.

On Monday, freelance journalist Sean Craig noticed that dozens of Twitter accounts were tweeting identical messages and sharing a link to a press release about a controversial smart neighbourhood that's been proposed by Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent company Alphabet.

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{{cite news | first = Kaleigh | last = Rogers | title = Bots tweeting about Toronto's Sidewalk Labs project raise disinformation red flags | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/twitter-botnet-sidewalklabs-canada-election-1.5206900 | work = CBC News | date = July 10, 2019 | accessdate = February 1, 2020 }}