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Visualizing Fake News on Twitter

by Michael McLaughlin
This clock face shows how much more bot accounts tweet compared to humans.

The Knight Foundation, a non-profit that promotes journalism, has created a series of visualizations that use more than 10 million tweets from 700,000 Twitters accounts to visualize the distribution of fake news on Twitter. The visualizations, which include cluster maps, charts,  and interactive graphs overlaid on clock faces, show the differences between bot and human Twitter activity. For example, bots tweet 24 hours a day at regular intervals, while humans do not, and follow the same accounts as other bots. The cluster maps show that nearly 80 percent of the fake news spread on Twitter is spread by accounts associated with just 24 news outlets.

Take a look.

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