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Goldsmiths, University of London

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How can you spot a Twitter ‘bot’ – and how is it different from a ‘cyborg’ or a ‘sock puppet’? Who starts hashtags, and how can trends be artificially inflated? More importantly, why does all of this matter?

This session will look at some investigative techniques to help you get started looking into the real stories behind social media trends. Since 2013, BBC Trending has been investigating the origins of hashtag campaigns and the secrets behind social media accounts.

About the trainer:
Mike Wendling is editor of BBC Trending, a specialist unit which investigates social media stories and provides in-depth coverage of trends via a weekly World Service podcast/radio programme, the BBC News, and BBC TV and radio outlets.

Prior to his current role he was a radio producer making, among many other things, the Radio 4 series The Secret History of Social Networking.

More recently he was part of the BBC team covering the 2016 US presidential election and is the author of the forthcoming book Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House.

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