Detecting political bots on Twitter during the 2019 Finnish parliamentary election

Sippo Rossi, Matti Rossi, Bikesh Raj Upreti, Yong Liu

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference article in proceedingsScientificvertaisarvioitu

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Abstrakti

In recent years, the impact of bots used for manipulating public opinion has become an increasingly prevalent topic in politics. Numerous sources have reported about the presence of political bots in social media sites such as Twitter. Compared to other countries, the influence of bots in Finnish politics has received little attention from media and researchers. This study aims to investigate the influence of bots on Finnish political Twitter, based on a dataset consisting of the accounts following major Finnish politicians before the Finnish parliamentary election of 2019. To identify the bots, we extend the existing models with the use of user-level metadata and state-of-art classification models. The results support our model as a suitable instrument for detecting Twitter bots. We found that, albeit there is a huge amount of bot accounts following major Finnish politicians, it is unlikely resulting from foreign entities' attempts to influence the Finnish parliamentary election.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
OtsikkoProceedings of the 53rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2020
ToimittajatTung X. Bui
KustantajaHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Sivut2430-2439
Sivumäärä10
ISBN (elektroninen)9780998133133
TilaJulkaistu - 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa
TapahtumaAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Maui, Yhdysvallat
Kesto: 7 tammik. 202010 tammik. 2020
Konferenssinumero: 53

Julkaisusarja

NimiProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Vuosikerta2020-January
ISSN (painettu)1530-1605

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
LyhennettäHICSS
Maa/AlueYhdysvallat
KaupunkiMaui
Ajanjakso07/01/202010/01/2020

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