As technology advances over time, so do we. People have utilized technology as a way to learn, research, communicate and make decisions. This makes sending and receiving information easier than ever and instant to our eyes and ears. The problem is that when technology is our biggest outlet for the “truth,” it also becomes an outlet for falsehoods and exaggerations.
Any new advancements in something that could benefit us inevitably creates something that could harm us. Media Bots are often computer-generated response tools used across the internet to automate tasks. While there are some bots that work in our interest, there are bots that can be used against us, too. As part of SecureData’s series for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we will look at the types of bots used for different purposes and how to spot the truth through the fog of computer-generated responses.
The Good – Notification and Commercial Bots
The Bad – Popularity and Manipulative Bots
The Ugly – Harassment and Hate Bots
Should Bots Be Believed?
The idea of artificial intelligence technology taking over human-driven tasks is something that has always sounded a little sketchy. But not all bots are built for sinister purposes; some bots are semi-automated with the help of human counterparts and reach out to us to provide helpful information. A lot of businesses and people benefit from good bots and we may not even realize it. But always remember that not all social media bots are created equal.
When using the internet to research a subject, cause, or project, make sure that you are using trusted, human-controlled sources. Take caution when reading news from social media platforms or using comments on websites as a single source for formulating an opinion. Good bots can make your life easier. Bad and ugly bots have the power to manipulate your feelings or choices, if you let them. Always be vigilant and not-so-quick to agree or believe what you are reading.
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