If you've ever noticed that some Twitter users' opinions about climate change are terribly fake, there is a 25% chance that your suspicions are not justified, but you are one of ours the first are blade runners when androids become one thing. That's because a quarter of all Twitter discussions about the climate are driven by bots, a large part of which encourages denial of climate change.
It's pretty bleak, but it gets a little funny when you look at the details of the study, which was carried out by Indiana University researchers who wrote 6.5 million tweets including words like "climate change" and " global warming "usually occurs when people talk about the potential end of the world as we know it. For example, it's hard to say who is at fault for undermining our discourse on the science of climate change, but considering that 28% of these tweets have also taken the time to mention that the Exxon oil company great, it's probably them. (Really, are you a big Exxon fan? Name the top three oil spills.)