In California, Its Now Illegal For Some Bots to Pretend to Be Human

An experimental California law making it illegal for some bots to masquerade as human went into effect this week. Known as the B.O.T (Bolstering Online Transparency) Act or track and report earthquakes. Others are well-loved streams of independent art projects. Twitter is widely regarded as the bot-friendliest platform. Many automated accounts flourish there but they also exist elsewhere, haunting YouTube comments and drumming up follows for wishful Instagram influencers. To avoid putting undue burden on small businesses and online communities, the law only applies to platforms with more than 10 million monthly users. Bots continue to misrepresent public sentiments and perceptions about topics, or to mute dissenting opinions and distract from current events, said California Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who introduced …