@staggerlee420 was identified as an influential twitter account for the hashtag #firerosenstein in early February 2018 (see my previous posts where we prepared Twitter data for use in network visualisation and where we identified this account as suspicious here). In this post I will look at the account in more detail to identify bot-like behaviour or any indications that the account may be run by multiple people, a company, or other ‘non-genuine’ users. Collecting and preparing tweets I first collected 3133 tweets on 20 Feb…Continue Reading “FireRosenstein hashtag analysis – hunting for Twitter bots, fakes, or suspicious accounts with rtweet. Part 3 – Investigating user staggerlee420”

Identifying suspicious accounts using rtweet In my last post I showed you how to get Twitter data for a specific hashtag using rtweet, then how to prepare it for a network analysis program such as Gephi. You can find the data files I am using in this example here on Github. From our 'firerosenstein' hashtag dataset we are now going to identify the accounts that seem suspicious, i.e. those that may be bots, or may be 'sockpuppet' accounts who may not really be the person…Continue Reading “FireRosenstein hashtag analysis – hunting for Twitter bots, fakes, or suspicious accounts with rtweet. Part 2 – Identifying suspicious Twitter bots / fake accounts for further investigation”

Hunting Twitter bots / sockpuppets with rtweet and Gephi rtweet and Gephi are two useful (and free) options to investigate Twitter data through their API. In this series of articles, I will show you what can be done with this data to try to identify Twitter bots or sockpuppets (i.e. ‘fake’ accounts run by someone pretending to be someone else). I will use the hashtag #firerosenstein as the subject of this case study. As found by the excellent @conspirator0 and friends, this hashtag was used…Continue Reading “FireRosenstein hashtag analysis – hunting for Twitter bots, fakes, or suspicious accounts with rtweet. Part 1 – Getting the Twitter data and preparing it for Gephi”