TwiBot-22: Towards Graph-Based Twitter Bot DetectionDownload PDF

06 Jun 2022, 10:10 (modified: 12 Oct 2022, 08:02)NeurIPS 2022 Datasets and Benchmarks Readers: Everyone
Keywords: Twitter bot detection, social network analysis
TL;DR: We make the case for graph-based Twitter bot detection and propose a graph-based benchmark TwiBot-22, which addresses the issues of limited dataset scale, incomplete graph structure, and low annotation quality in previous datasets.
Abstract: Twitter bot detection has become an increasingly important task to combat misinformation, facilitate social media moderation, and preserve the integrity of the online discourse. State-of-the-art bot detection methods generally leverage the graph structure of the Twitter network, and they exhibit promising performance when confronting novel Twitter bots that traditional methods fail to detect. However, very few of the existing Twitter bot detection datasets are graph-based, and even these few graph-based datasets suffer from limited dataset scale, incomplete graph structure, as well as low annotation quality. In fact, the lack of a large-scale graph-based Twitter bot detection benchmark that addresses these issues has seriously hindered the development and evaluation of novel graph-based bot detection approaches. In this paper, we propose TwiBot-22, a comprehensive graph-based Twitter bot detection benchmark that presents the largest dataset to date, provides diversified entities and relations on the Twitter network, and has considerably better annotation quality than existing datasets. In addition, we re-implement 35 representative Twitter bot detection baselines and evaluate them on 9 datasets, including TwiBot-22, to promote a fair comparison of model performance and a holistic understanding of research progress. To facilitate further research, we consolidate all implemented codes and datasets into the TwiBot-22 evaluation framework, where researchers could consistently evaluate new models and datasets. The TwiBot-22 Twitter bot detection benchmark and evaluation framework are publicly available at \url{}.
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License: The TwiBot-22 dataset uses the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. Implemented code in the TwiBot-22 evaluation framework uses the MIT license.
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