Serbian Journalists Expose a Ruling Party Bot Application Used to Manipulate Readers’ Comments on Media Websites | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Serbian Journalists Expose a Ruling Party Bot Application Used to Manipulate Readers’ Comments on Media Websites

By Filip Stojanovski

Activists of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), nicknamed ‘SNS bots’, have been using a mobile application to post thousands of ‘up-votes’ and ‘down-votes’ on comments to articles of popular media websites Kurir and Espresso, to influence the perceptions of their readers, revealed a research by the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS).

In an investigative story published on 4 September 2019, journalists An?ela Milivojevi? and Milica Šari? revealed that analysis of the source code of the mobile application called VotR2 showed that it enabled adding votes ‘for’ or ‘against’ readers’ comments, to make them either less or more visible to other readers...

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