Twitter Bot Detection Using Bidirectional Long Short-term Memory Neural Networks and Word Embeddings [article]

Feng Wei, Uyen Trang Nguyen
2020 arXiv   pre-print
Twitter is a web application playing dual roles of online social networking and micro-blogging. The popularity and open structure of Twitter have attracted a large number of automated programs, known as bots. Legitimate bots generate a large amount of benign contextual content, i.e., tweets delivering news and updating feeds, while malicious bots spread spam or malicious contents. To assist human users in identifying who they are interacting with, this paper focuses on the classification of
more » ... n and spambot accounts on Twitter, by employing recurrent neural networks, specifically bidirectional Long Short-term Memory (BiLSTM), to efficiently capture features across tweets. To the best of our knowledge, our work is the first that develops a recurrent neural model with word embeddings to distinguish Twitter bots from human accounts, that requires no prior knowledge or assumption about users' profiles, friendship networks, or historical behavior on the target account. Moreover, our model does not require any handcrafted features. The preliminary simulation results are very encouraging. Experiments on the cresci-2017 dataset show that our approach can achieve competitive performance compared with existing state-of-the-art bot detection systems.
arXiv:2002.01336v1 fatcat:fmqknywbrvgc7j5obqnv3cldeq