rain.png
Tuesday September 29th, 2020 1:32PM

Swedish study notes surge in automated Twitter accounts

By The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish government study says there's been a recent surge in the number of automated Twitter accounts ahead of the Sept. 9 election, noting that 40 percent of them are more likely to support the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, expected to make gains.

The study by Sweden's defense research agency comes amid broader concerns over misinformation ahead of the election. 

Researcher Johan Fernquist says the number of so-called Twitter bots discussing politics nearly doubled from July to August.

The report published Wednesday said users "may be led to believe that this content (is) more widely accepted or more mainstream than it actually is."

Swedish authorities repeatedly have talked about the potential risk of foreign inference in the vote.

Polls suggest the Sweden Democrats could become Sweden's second largest party.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Technology News
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US lawmakers call for China sanctions over Muslim camps
A group of U.S. lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans on Chinese officials and companies allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in a far western region
3:54AM ( 25 minutes ago )
China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing
Chinese authorities have blamed a rare public protest by Hui Muslims on local officials' recklessness, but they didn't settle the community's concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed
3:46AM ( 33 minutes ago )
After church service, McCain to depart Arizona for last time
The celebration of Sen. John McCain's life as a former prisoner of war and maverick politician enters a second day with a church service and a military salute before his casket departs his adopted state of Arizona for the U.S. Capitol
3:34AM ( 45 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Google Maps mistakenly shows 'McCain Senate Office Building'
Lawmakers are debating a proposal to rename a Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain, but Google Maps already displays "McCain Senate Office Building" on its website
4:33PM ( 11 hours ago )
Rights groups to Google: No censored search in China
Human rights groups are urging Google not to offer censored internet search services in China, which they say would make the company an active party to human rights violations
12:19PM ( 16 hours ago )
Google denies Trump charge it rigs "Trump News" searches
Trump accuses Google, other US tech companies of rigging search results about him
6:52AM ( 21 hours ago )
AP Technology News
US lawmakers call for China sanctions over Muslim camps
A group of U.S. lawmakers have urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans on Chinese officials and companies allegedly tied to the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in camps in a far western region
3:54AM ( 25 minutes ago )
China blames local officials for protest over mosque razing
Chinese authorities have blamed a rare public protest by Hui Muslims on local officials' recklessness, but they didn't settle the community's concerns a large mosque in the northwestern region would be razed
3:46AM ( 33 minutes ago )
After church service, McCain to depart Arizona for last time
The celebration of Sen. John McCain's life as a former prisoner of war and maverick politician enters a second day with a church service and a military salute before his casket departs his adopted state of Arizona for the U.S. Capitol
3:34AM ( 45 minutes ago )
Indian currency decree did little to root out 'black money'
India's central bank says nearly all of the currency removed from circulation in a surprise 2016 attempt to root out illegal hoards of cash came back into the financial system
3:33AM ( 47 minutes ago )
Florida's high-stakes race for governor quickly turns nasty
Florida governor's race turns nasty in the hours after a far-left Democrat and a Trump-endorsed Republican win their respective primaries
3:24AM ( 55 minutes ago )