Careful, Tweeters … you’re being monitored!
Two journalists from the Disney-ABC owned Fusion network — Patrick Hogan and Jorge Rivas — are on the lookout for the no longer, in their words, “socially acceptable” use of the wholly accurate term “illegal immigrant” to define, again in their words, “people living in the United States without proper authorization.”
To this end, Hogan and Rivas have created a bot that will scour Twitter and helpfully tweet back a more — at least to them — preferable term:
So, in a modest effort to help America shed some of its historical baggage, we built a Twitter bot that replies to some of the people who tweet the words “illegal immigrant,” letting them know that in 2015, the preferred terms are “undocumented immigrant” or “unauthorized immigrant.” To avoid spamming people, the bot only runs once every ten minutes, and it never replies to the same user twice.
Here’s what it looks like when you get a correction in your mentions:
Although there’s no indication that these two journalists from Fusion are the ones behind the project when users of “illegal immigrant” get a tweet from the @DroptheIBot account:
And Hogan doesn’t want to tweet about the bot he created because he’s afraid he’ll “sound like an idiot.”
OK, but shouldn’t Hogan, Rivas and Fusion have their names on the @DroptheIbot page?
Or does the “I” they’re dropping now refer to the long-gone “impartial” in journalism?