CABC creates PSA to warn us about the rise of Bots and their role on Social Media.

Pete is just an ordinary guy who gets his news and information from social media.

In this mockumentary, we meet Pete and his new-found friend Ronald, who Pete met online. Thing is Pete doesn’t realise Ronald is actually a bot.

It might seem obvious to us, but in a digital landscape where bot accounts on Facebook and Twitter appear as human as anyone, it’s not that hard to be fooled. And sadly, Pete doesn’t realise that he’s being duped by a bot into thinking the information he’s getting is factual and accurate.

Bots are all over social media, we can’t escape them. But we can be aware and discerning about who we follow, and what information we share, especially facts about Covid-19 and the vaccine. Follow only credible news sources that have research-backed evidence about a news story.

Watch Pete and Ronald’s story here, a cautionary tale about who you allow into your social media space.

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