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Billboard Music Awards’ vote process is being manipulated by inauthentic Twitter accounts, and here’s why it matters

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Network graph representation of 21,250 Twitter accounts that tweeted, retweeted, or were mentioned in tweets which include #FollowAnExoL (source data: 136,849 tweets from April 16th to April 22nd, 2019)
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Source tweet (from Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde)

Billboard Music Awards

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Enter EXO

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#FollowAnExoL

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Top image shows nodes and edges; bottom image shows nodes only. Each dot (node) represents a Twitter account. Lines connecting accounts (edges) represent relationships between accounts (for example, if account A adds account B to a tweet where Account A has also added #FollowAnExol, then Account A and Account B will appear connected via an edge in the graph)

Account Creation Dates

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Network graph representation of 9,488 recently created (on or after March 1st, 2019) Twitter accounts that tweeted, retweeted, or were mentioned in tweets which include #FollowAnExoL
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Source tweet
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Usernames

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Network graph representation of 3,037 accounts (where “EXO” appears in their usernames) that tweeted, retweeted, or were mentioned in tweets which include #FollowAnExoL
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Bios

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Network graph representation of 10,806 accounts (where “EXO” appears in their bios) that tweeted, retweeted, or were mentioned in tweets which include #FollowAnExoL
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Each of the accounts highlighted (five) have “EXO” in their bios
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Source tweet

BTS, Got7, and Louis Tomlinson, Oh My!

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Network graph representation of 40,731 Twitter accounts that tweeted, retweeted, or were mentioned in tweets which include #BBMAsTopSocial (source data: 120,581 tweets from April 22nd to April 25th, 2019)
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OK, So What’s Your Point?

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CEO & Founder, Social Forensics | Previously: Co-Founder, Elementus | Featured in BBC, CNN, BuzzFeed, and Quartz, among others | SocialForensics.com