‘Trollbots’ Swarm Twitter with Attacks on Climate Science Ahead of UN Summit

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimte News

CNN’s seven-hour climate change town hall for presidential candidates was not a TV ratings bonanza, but it set off a marked surge of activity on Twitter aimed at ridiculing the Democrats and dismissing the science.

“Climate change” became the top two-word trending topic on Twitter for several hours after the event among the accounts being tracked by Bot Sentinel, a free platform designed to track what it considers untrustworthy or automated accounts. It was quite an unusual feat for the topic to beat out—even temporarily—the phrase that sits almost constantly atop the trending list for accounts on Bot Sentinel’s watchlist: “President Trump.”

Read more: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16092019/trollbot-twitter-climate-change-attacks-disinformation-campaign-mann-mckenna-greta-targeted?utm_source=InsideClimate+News&utm_campaign=7153dbb489-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_29c928ffb5-7153dbb489-327824881

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