Scientists from Copenhagen Business School conducted an experiment in which 375 participants were asked to differentiate between real and fake social media profiles. The fake accounts were created and maintained by some of the latest AI technology. The ensuing results were eye-opening. Subjects largely could not tell the difference between artificially generated fake Twitter accounts and real ones. Moreover, participants actually tended to erroneously think the AI accounts were less likely to be fake than the genuine ones.
Source: Bots run rampant on social media, and most people can’t tell the difference – Study Finds
Nothing in this article was very surprising to me.
Mastodon in the room, one of the main reasons is that anyone left on Twitter for reasons other than accessibility (their own or peers) is most likely very susceptible to botspeak already. These are mostly people who’ve been gradually hypnotized into the “conservative” human sacrifice cult. As the study showed, the fake is preferable for them.
Humans are nuanced, have lives, aren’t always on, and will at least occasionally disagree with a party line. If someone doesn’t they’re fake because to live and never have doubts or questions isn’t human. In fact, the most actual faithful have crises of faith. Unfortunately sometimes the resulting confusion and inner turmoil leads to tragic behavior.
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