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Spotting sockpuppets with science

If you’ve ever ventured into the comment section of a website or spent any time on forums or social media, you’ve probably encountered sockpuppets, fake accounts controlled by a single person — though it’s possible you didn’t know it at the time. New research may help ID these overeager commentators automatically, which is good news for engendering sane discussion across the web. Srijan Kumar from the University of Maryland led a team in statistically analyzing everything about sockpuppet accounts, [...]