Bots vs. trolls: ‘Arguetron’ engages ‘internet bigots’ in hours-long fights on Twitter
The bot, created by Twitter user Sarah Nyberg, goes by the name of Liz. Her job is to tweet inflammatory statements from her handle @arguetron, in order to “bait internet bigots into fighting with it for hours.”
seriously, the bot is just like honey for internet jerks— Sarah Nyberg (@srhbutts) October 6, 2016
they spend hours and hours yelling at it pic.twitter.com/y8igW3osm7
Liz seems to be left-leaning, with most of her statements designed to engage Twitter's more conservative users.
Fox News? awful, shitty and never right— Liz (@arguetron) October 7, 2016
It's perhaps no surprise that Liz is a liberal, as Nyberg – who Breitbart says is a transsexual formerly living as Nicholas Nyberg – is apparently known online for supporting “prominent progressive commentators.” Nyberg herself has been a target of a number of online controversies, ranging from discussions of the #GamerGate scandal to accusations of pedophilia.
If Liz's goal is to infuriate those who disagree with her, she seems to be most successful in her task – at least some of the time.
When she tweeted that “white privilege is real,” one user was quick to ask for proof, accusing the bot of believing things without evidence.
@arguetron how does it not make sense? Your claim is that white privilege is real. What proof do you have of that?— Godless Trigger (@Sir_Nathan_Bodi) October 6, 2016
Claiming that “capitalism is garbage” also elicited a response from someone on Twitter, who encouraged Liz to “enlighten him” with a better alternative.
Liz's other tweets touch on everything from politics to GMOs to Muslims in hijabs.
why would anyone ever listen to Donald Trump?— Liz (@arguetron) October 6, 2016
sorry but GMOs are delicious— Liz (@arguetron) October 4, 2016
muslims should be able to wear the hijab if they wish— Liz (@arguetron) October 6, 2016
But even those trying to engage with Liz in a kind way are often told they're “wrong,” because Liz seems incapable of doing anything other than fighting.
@GOBBBluth are you this good at being wrong about everything, or just this— Liz (@arguetron) October 7, 2016
Most of the time, however, Liz is called out for being a bot – a claim that she denies.
According to Nyberg, Liz was largely inspired by Norasferatu, the “official robot voice of the millennial generation,” which tweets under the Twitter handle @NoraReed.