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Watching the hearings, I learned my "Bernie bro" harassers may have been Russian bots
However, the rest of the abuse came from accounts purporting to be supporters of Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders. And these were “people” with whom I believed I shared common values and policy interests. Almost all of the accounts presented as men — mostly young and white — and used sexist and misogynistic tones and words. I was called “mom” and “grandma” as epithets by these “young men.” I was called every vile sexualized name you can imagine. For some reason that I did not understand at the time, they liked to call me a “vagina.” (I now believe non-native English — i.e. Russian — speakers wrote the algorithms controlling these bots and perhaps imagined “vagina” to be the equivalent of the c-word when hurled at a woman.) Not being conversant in the mechanisms of Russian psychological warfare techniques at the time, it never occurred to me that, like the #MAGA bots, these “Bernie Bro” accounts were actually bots too.
And the abuse from these accounts was much harder to dismiss. It went in further, emotionally speaking. The vitriol of the attacks felt like a painful betrayal. After all, “we” probably shared 99 percent of our political perspective; we just supported different candidates — which is something I said repeatedly in my attempts to appeal to reason with some of the attackers over the course of those long months. Nonetheless, even the mildest criticism of Sanders or comment of support for Clinton would bring out a swarm of these “Bernie Bro” accounts spouting off with abusive language and mockery.
bernie-bros  abuse  twitter  russia  security  bots  elections  hilary-clinton 
april 2017 by jm
Concert Industry Struggles With ‘Bots’ That Siphon Off Tickets - NYTimes.com
Bots now buying more than 60% of tickets, one group requesting up to 200,000 per day; bot writers now charging $14 per 10k captchas (via Shane Naughton)
ticketmaster  scalping  tickets  via:shane-naughton  bots  captchas  abuse 
may 2013 by jm
Robot wars break out on poker sites • The Register
'The world's two largest poker sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, are battling to keep poker bots off their sites.' The anti-abuse arms race in poker hits the news
poker  arms-race  adversarial-classification  bots  abuse  from delicious
november 2010 by jm

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