Stephen E. Arnold: Cheap, Convenient, and Much Too Easy: Fabricated Twitter Trends

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Cheap, Convenient, and Much Too Easy: Fabricated Twitter Trends

Here is some news out of Turkey that perked our ears. News EPFL reports, “Mass Scale Manipulation of Twitter Trends Discovered.” Is Turkey an outlier when it comes to digital baloney? Perhaps a little, for now, but this problem recently uncovered by researchers appears to occur the world over.

Twitter Trends supposedly uses an algorithm to calculate the most popular topics at any given moment then deliver this information to its users. However, these calculations can be manipulated

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