Kenny Ryan

Source: CyLab

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Speaker: LTC Ryan Kenny, Ph.D. Student, Engineering & Public Policy

Title: Duped by Bots– Why Some are Better Than Others at Detecting Fake Social Media Personas

We examined individuals’ ability to detect social bots among Twitter personas, along with participant and persona features associated with that ability. Individuals demonstrated limited ability to distinguish social bots from humans when evaluating Twitter personas in a simulated online environment. That ability decreased with self-reported social media experience, agreement with the personas' apparent political alignment, and less analytical reasoning ability.

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