Indiana University researchers make app to unmask fake Twitter accounts

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Don't you hate those Twitter accounts that spam you with friend requests or tweets that sound like someone is either really uptight or corporate-controlled? Well, those most likely are fake Twitter accounts that are controlled by bots, and now researchers found a way to identify them.

Network researchers at Indiana University have developed a tool, called BotOrNot, that analyzes more than 1,000 features from a user's friendship network structure, Twitter content and temporal information in real time.

The researchers come from the Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing, which is part of Indiana University (IU). It was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense "in order to counter technology based misinformation and deception campaigns," IU says.

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