Is it a bot or real person? Americans are confused

Oct 16, 2018, 8:17 AM EDT
(Source: Kārlis Dambrāns/flickr)
(Source: Kārlis Dambrāns/flickr)

Social media bots, one of the key vectors of misinformation online, don’t amuse Americans. According to a new poll by the Pew Research Center, of the 66 percent Americans who have ever heard of social media bots, many fear that they cannot confidently distinguish a bot from an actual person on social media.

Eighty percent of the Americans, who are aware of social media bots, believe that such accounts are being used with malicious intent, notes Engadget.

In the latest poll, 47 percent of bot-aware respondents said they can confidently or with some degree of confidence, recognize social media bots, a fraction that has taken a sharp fall since last poll where 84 percent of Americans were confident of spotting fake news, writes Pew Research Center.