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US says it broke up Russian AI bot farm on X

The United States has disrupted a Russian disinformation campaign involving AI-powered bots used to create fake profiles on the social media platform X, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Officials seized two internet domains and searched 968 social media accounts that Russian operatives allegedly used to create an artificial intelligence "bot farm" and peddle disinformation in the United States and other countries, the department said in a statement.

"The social media bot farm used elements of AI to create fictitious social media profiles—often purporting to belong to individuals in the United States—which the operators then used to promote messages in support of Russian government objectives," the statement said.

The US actions "represent a first in disrupting a Russian-sponsored Generative AI-enhanced social media bot farm," said FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The campaign—aimed at sowing "discord in the United States and elsewhere"—was developed by a senior editor of RT ...

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