Study Finds Twitter Accounts Swayed U.S. Election, Brexit Vote

Automated Twitter accounts may have slightly swayed the results of the elections for president and over whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union enough to change their outcomes, the authors of National Bureau of Economic Research working paper published this month argue. “Overall, our results suggest that the aggressive use of Twitter bots, coupled with the fragmentation of social media and the role of sentiment, could contribute to the vote outcomes,” wrote the authors of the paper, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and the United Kingdom's Swansea University.