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Bots lose interest in 'robotrolling' the Baltics

The general air of ennui, boredom and can't-be-botheredness that is characterizing the early months of 2021 extends even into the non-existent minds of online 'bots' according to the latest report from the Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communciations Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE).

The report, titled 'Robotrolling' says that the first quarter of 2021 has seen "a significant drop in both authentic and inauthentic engagement with the topic of NATO in Poland and the Baltics."

"This quarter, the English- and Russian-language information spaces were discernibly quiet," according to the authors, and bot messaging on Twitter decreased by around a third at the end of 2020 and early 2021.

The full report is available to read online and quickly brings to mind Oscar Wilde's famous quip that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.

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