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One Degree – Thursday, September 12, 2019

Scant evidence of active Twitter bots as Canadian election kicks off

During the politically sensitive weeks before an election, public discussions often intensify. In Canada this summer, the buzz has included discussions about the spread of bots on social media.

Bots are automated social media accounts that are programmed by humans to send hundreds and sometimes thousands of messages a day. News stories are written to inform and possibly warn Canadians about the existence of these bots, which are currently at the centre of public and academic debates, sometimes reaching the level of moral panic.

THE CONVERSATION

Dozens of MPs’ websites can track visitors for targeted campaign ads

Nearly a third of MPs have trackers embedded on their official websites that could allow them to target visitors with campaign ads, an investigation by CBC News reveals.

People who visit one of those MP websites — to learn how to apply for a passport, for example, or to find a phone number for an MP’s riding office — could find re-election ads for that MP popping up in their Facebook feeds, or on websites they later visit.

CBC

Here’s how social media could threaten democracy — even without the help of Russians

There’s a bright side to the Russian government’s attempt to interfere in our elections: Because many Americans are now highly concerned about how misinformation on social media can impact our democracy, scientists are calling for a new research agenda to fully understand the threat.

WASHINGTON POST

SEO Content Writing vs. SEO Copywriting: Is There a Difference?

A 20-plus year veteran in the space, she has helped countless businesses generate more traffic and sales with SEO-friendly content.

But the term “SEO copywriting” is perhaps a bit of a misnomer.

Is it SEO content writing? Is it copywriting? Is it both? If there is a difference, does it matter?

SEARCH ENGINE JOURNAL

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