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Playlist "Mexican Botnet Dirty Wars"

Mexican Botnet Dirty Wars

Erin Gallagher

Peñabots have been active in Mexican networks since the 2012 presidential elections. Named after President Enrique Peña Nieto, armies of bots have become a political weapon to combat protests and attack critics of the Mexican government online. Bots are waging a dirty war in Mexican social media. They are weaponized censors that silence dissent and cover up crimes.