Politicians, hate groups, counterpublics of science, and even socially-minded critics use bots to pad their numbers, spread information, and engage in social critique. This article pursues the ethics of bots beyond the automated or not question that dominates the literature and offers the concept of bot civility. Machinic and social bot strategies are discussed with regard for the manufacture of social capital—bot incivility. The analysis suggests that bots, which do not trick persons into thinking they are human, are not necessarily morally neutral and that some bots that emulate persons can actually be ethically sensible.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Journal of Media Ethics: Exploring Questions of Media Morality|
|State||Published - Jul 3 2018|
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