Blade Runner 2017: Quartz created a bot to hunt down political news bots on Twitter » Nieman Journalism Lab
The new #bot, @probabot_, is designed to search #Twitter for accounts that are heavily focused on political topics. These accounts are fed into a tool called #Botometer, which uses machine learning to determine the probability that an account is assisted by or run exclusively by a bot. Quartz has already used the tool to classify over thirty accounts, many of which have tweeted hundreds of thousands of times and have thousands of followers. One bot that Quartz’s bot identified, for example, has tweeted or has been retweeted 1.14 million times since April. Quartz has created a Twitter list for all the accounts that @probabot_ has identified as bots.