48 million twitter accounts are bots, study reveals


A new study from the University of Southern California and Indiana University reveals that nearly 48 million bots are on Twitter.

So it is possible that the likes, retweets or follows that you get on your posts or profile are being done by bots.

According to the research, more than 1000 features are used to identify bot accounts on the site in six categories, which estimated that between 9 to 15% of Twitter s active monthly users are bots.

Earlier in 2014, Twitter itself estimated that 5% to 8.5% of its accounts were spam or false accounts.

However, this new study by the two universities suggests that 9% to 15% of the accounts are actually automated accounts not run by humans.

The social network told CNBC that all bots are not bad, indicating that many bot accounts are beneficial.