How fake users are taking over Twitter

Fake Twitter accounts can be bought for less than $100 per 1,000 "users," and unscrupulous brands, celebrities and perhaps even governments are using the fakes to pad their follower counts and disrupt the online activities of others. "If what is trending on Twitter is being faked by robots, people need to know that. This will and should undermine trust," said Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

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