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Social bots as vehicles of spreading disinformation. Implications for State Security


[ 1 ] Instytut Podstaw Bezpieczeństwa, Wydział Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.3] Security studies

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PL Social boty jako narzędzie służące do szerzenia dezinformacji. Implikacje dla bezpieczeństwa narodowego

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chapter in monograph / paper

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  • Bezpieczeństwo narodowe
  • System obronny państwa
  • Dezinformacja
  • Media społecznościowe
  • Social media
  • Security

EN Disinformation spread on social networking platforms poses a major threat to national security. The present study is an attempt to investigate the challenge of disinformation and fake news in social media and their impact on security. To provide context for this challenge, the paper focuses on answering the following research questions: (1) what is the reach of disinformation in social media? (2) how is disinformation spread in social media? (3) what strategies do social bots employ in order to spread disinformation? In order to meet the objectives of the study and answer the research questions, a thorough literature review has been carried out with mixed research techniques. The findings of the study show that a great deal of disinformation is distributed by social bots that attack, hijack and manipulate discourse in social media. The use of social bots for disseminating disinformation brings substantial damage: they can exert a direct impact on the election results and therefore pose a serious threat to democracy. Futhermore, bots promote certain values, mislead and polarise public opinion and have a far-reaching political and economic impact. The analysis of disinformation dissemination strategies allows us to understand the problem, tackle it and deter more effectively.

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3263 - 3270




Proceedings of the 34th International Business Information Management Association Conference (IBIMA), 13-14 November 2019, Madrid, Spain. Vision 2025: Education Excellence and Management of Innovations through Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage

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34th International Business Information Management Association Conference, 13-14.11.2019, Madryt, Spain

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International Business Information Management Association (IBIMA)

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