Last week the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency published a quick guide on ID-ing Social Media Bots; automated programs that simulate human engagement on social media platforms.
Social Media Bots use artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and other programs or databases to masquerade
as legitimate users on social media. They vary depending on their function and capability: Some are helpful, like
chat bots and automated notifications, but some can be used to manipulate real users. When misused, Bots can
amplify disinformation and distort our perception of what’s important, polluting or even shutting down online
Recognizing Bot behavior can help us respond to their attacks.