Jon-Patrick Allem and Emilio Ferrera

2018 in: American Journal of Public Health, August 2018, Vol 108, No 8 (1005-1006).

Social bots are automated accounts that use artificial intelligence to steer discussions and promote specific ideas or products on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. …

Although it is now known that social bots have been used to automate online political campaigns. their prevelance and influence in the health domain are largely unknown. 

At present, only a handful of studies appear on PubMed. An example is 1 2017 study that compiled a corpus of 2.2. million Twitter posts and characterized how social bots promote electronic cigarettes.

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