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Wikipedia-linked Dictionary of Madagascar’s National Language Full of Bot-Generated Errors

An audit of the Wikipedia-affiliated dictionary Wiktionary for the Malagasy language, the national language of Madagascar, found the site to be littered with errors. The errors were attributed to bots mostly programmed by the site’s sole active administrator, which mass-produced almost all six million entries included on the Malagasy Wiktionary. Noting the problems were too comprehensive to be resolved manually, the audit recommended deleting most entries on the site.

Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia

L.A. Times Tweets, then Deletes, Fake Earthquake Report

The Los Angeles Times tweeted a warning Wednesday evening that a massive 6.8-magnitude earthquake had struck the region at Isla Vista, California. A short time late, it retracted and deleted the tweet, explaining that an automated program, or “bot,” had tweeted out the details of an earthquake that had indeed struck Isla Vista — in 1925.

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Report: 48 Million Twitter Accounts Are Bots

A study released last week by the University of Southern California and Indiana University claims that as many as 48 million Twitter accounts are bots. The study used more than 1,000 different features to find and identify bot accounts across Twitter.

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