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Social networks : Brinkhaus stimulates debate on regulation of Social Bots

In the Union is growing concern that the increasing Manipulation and distortion of political debates on social networks. The Chairman of the Union faction, Ralph Brinkhaus, before the elections in the coming year worried. So had been raised in the debate on the UN-migration Pact, especially in the web and in social media, "a wave of falsehoods, and defamation," said Brinkhaus (CDU), the "Frankfurt General Sunday newspaper".

This development to attack the core of the democracy, to the free formation of opinion. "It is high time to Wake up. 2019, a super election year in Germany.“ In the coming year, four state elections and the elections to the European Parliament.

the Chairman of The group introduced legal regulations in view, the manipulation to contain. He referred in particular to the so-called Social Bots are computer controlled, Accounts that spend in social networks partially as a real user. Such Bots to spread in high frequency programmed messages, and can quickly acquire the topics - or even Opinion.

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Brinkhaus suggested that the influence of such Bots clear. "It is conceivable to require the platform operator to make the volume of messages in a transparent, derived from Social Bots. Possible mandatory labelling would also be individual messages that originate from Social Bots.“ (dpa, AFP)

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