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Social Bots

What parents and carers need to know about Social Bots.


According to cyber security company Imperva, bots account for almost a quarter of all internet traffic. Social media organisations in particular are grappling with this growing issue: Instagram is implementing measures to reduce the number of bots on its platform, while tech industry site TheNextWeb reports that Facebook deactivates more than a billion fake accounts every year.

With these automated accounts implicated in spreading dangerous conspiracy theories and attempting to influence political opinion, our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week examines social media bots in more detail. It will help parents and carers learn how to recognise bots, how to deal with them and how to educate children about the potential hazards that bots can cause.