New law in California bans bots that pretend as human

Oct 04, 2018, 8:17 AM EDT
(Source: William Hook/flickr)
(Source: William Hook/flickr)

California has adopted a new law that requires automated accounts, commonly referred to as “bots,” to identify themselves as not real humans in “clear, conspicuous, and reasonably designed” manner when interacting with users.

The new law, however, leaves some wiggle room as it applies only to “online platforms” that have at least 10 million unique visitors from the U.S. for a majority of months over the previous year, notes PC Magazine.

The law doesn’t ban online interactions such as bots incentivizing a purchase or sale of goods or services or even influencing a vote in an election but they must unequivocally disclose their identities, reports Inquisitr. The anti-bots law has got a warm reception but concerns remain whether it will be truly enforceable and that it may have an adverse impact on positive bots.

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