. . . but not if you believe the twits on Twitter. At Psychology Today Blogs, Richard Maxwell and Toby Miller discuss a recent study. Here’s a bit from the opening of their article:
A recently published study finds that about 25 percent of Twitter posts about climate change are generated by automated accounts, or bots. The authors of the study say that these Twitter bots are more likely to contest the scientific consensus, deny climate change, snub climate action, and attack climate scientists, among other targets. In contrast, they found that only about five percent of suspected bots support climate activism. . . . And the culprits behind the bots? That is hard to establish, but the researchers speculate that the bots are likely the work of “fossil-fuel companies, petro-states, or their surrogates [such as] public relations agencies, important agents in the climate delay and denial machine.”
While we’re on the subject of “social” media, I commend to your attention an article in my local rag regarding a study of “social” media’s role in magnifying misinformation about coronavirus vaccines.