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How robots might decide Brazil’s 2018 election

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Facebook has become a powerful political weapon

If you’ve recently discussed politics on social media, the chances are high that you argued with a robot. Every day, hundreds of thousands of political conversations take place on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks. Most people, however, aren’t aware that a considerably high number of interactions are not with actual flesh-and-blood people, but with robots – also referred to as “bots.” They are being used to direct public debate on social media, and influence the minds of social media users – that’s to say, pretty much everyone with an Internet connection.

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