Social bots


Derived from the word “robot”, social bots, also known as social net­working bots, are designed to imitate human behaviour, especially in social net­works such as Facebook and Twitter: These chat­bots can crop up as fake accounts or insinuate them­selves into a genuine profile and make use of clever algo­rithms to answer questions, hold conversations, do research online or publish their own tweets or posts. The idea behind social bots is to simulate genuine human presence. The best-known example and evidence of how clever bots have already become is Apple’s Siri.