Bots Represent 64% Of Internet Traffic

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Do you ever get the feeling like you could be interacting with an AI or perhaps the number of likes on a post seems way too inaccurate? 64% of internet traffic in 2021 came from bots so let’s talk about what that means and what the future holds.

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What is bot traffic and why does it matter? - https://www.cloudflare.com/learning/bots/what-is-bot-traffic/

Bot traffic could be anything from a fake social media account to a click farm to algorithmic trading, to fake web traffic, to malicious hackers. Bots can do a lot of things, but you’ll typically find them doing simple tasks like Facebook’s feed fetcher bot to pull previews for the feed. This bot alone makes up a huge portion of internet traffic and is an example of a good bot. But even in a way, a good bot can be bad because it can act in the wrong way or simply overwhelm smaller websites. Most bot traffic comes from Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure which are two massive public cloud systems.

 

There are several reasons why bot traffic is so important to recognize:

·         The majority of trading is algorithmic and done by bots.

·         The majority of trading volume on exchanges are made up by bots – Forbes reported as much as 93% on some exchanges in 2018

·         Bots run the majority of moderation and censorship programs.

·         Bots make up the majority of the internet – aka you don’t know what’s real since more is fake than real.

·         The percentage of bad bots is increasing.

·         Bots can heavily influence and skew data to almost entirely negate the accuracy of online research studies, most notably in healthcare-related studies.

·         The perception of public consensus and sentiment online is completely fictional.

 

Let’s take an example scenario. Very important breaking news is shared. This news is against the mainstream narrative so it is flagged, mass disliked, and mass commented on saying things like “fake,” “lies,” “this is written by a bot” (ironically). The point is that with bots, any opinions formed by community consensus and not by directly consuming the content itself will result in a distorted reality.

This is the reality today. Framing, cutting clips, not actually showing the clip or image and telling you what happened or what it depicts. YouTube removing dislikes, auto removing comments, etc., the list goes on and on.

 

The recent plummet in stocks and crypto could just simply be the mass majority of trading that is done by bots that happened to catch a trend and follow it with a cascading effect with futures liquidations.

 

Algorithmic Trading:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/yoavvilner/2018/11/24/all-there-is-to-know-about-bots-role-in-cryptocurrency-trading/?sh=7ac12a6a4fc3

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/13/death-of-the-human-investor-just-10-percent-of-trading-is-regular-stock-picking-jpmorgan-estimates.html

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/05/sell-offs-could-be-down-to-machines-that-control-80percent-of-us-stocks-fund-manager-says.html

https://blog.quantinsti.com/growth-future-algorithmic-trading/

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4230982-algo-trading-dominates-80-percent-of-stock-market

https://therobusttrader.com/what-percentage-of-trading-is-algorithmic/

https://www.sec.gov/files/Algo_Trading_Report_2020.pdf

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/algorithmic-trading-market

 

Below are several references to research reports, studies, and reviews of those studies on bot traffic mainly focused on 2020 and 2021:

2012-2016

https://www.statista.com/statistics/670782/bot-traffic-share/

2020 – 41%

https://www.globenewswire.com/en/news-release/2021/04/13/2209196/35210/en/The-Pandemic-of-the-Internet-Imperva-Research-Labs-Reveals-Bot-Traffic-Climbs-to-Record-High-in-2020.html

https://www.jmir.org/2020/10/e23021/

https://www.imperva.com/blog/bad-bot-report-2021-the-pandemic-of-the-internet/

2021 - 64%

https://www.barracuda.com/bot-threat-report

https://www.digit.fyi/two-thirds-of-internet-traffic-is-now-made-up-of-bots/

 

Do you think 64% of the internet is made up of bots? Do you think it will keep increasing? Have you ever not been sure if you were interacting with a bot? Let me know what you think about this in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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Number 1 Ham, Good article

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2 years ago

The internet is being run by bots and the fact is this bot are created by people for one reason or the other, some use this bot to spy on people and do a lot more, that's why I agree when you said we don't know what's real anymore

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2 years ago

I like this new earning site.

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2 years ago

That's very amazing article dear ..gull of information and very beneficial for every one .i enjoyed it dear

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2 years ago

I remember the traffic bots when enetering a new website

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2 years ago

f ukkk all the bots :)-

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2 years ago

The presence of bots will increase on the Internet. I read that intelligent bots can read the captcha and write comments.

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2 years ago

Wow! This is far worse than numerous chatbots, autopost/autoreply types of bots. If all social media would require solving a captcha for every action, probably the internet would be less... Of Everything....

But I think it will get worse soon. People are lazy. They want to automate everything. And bots are getting more sophisticated

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2 years ago

I guess the figures might even be more than that, that's why it's always important to do personal research on anything you do online. Especially, buying cryptocurrencies for long keeps on a trusted and decentralized wallet application like that of https://atomicwallet.io/.

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2 years ago

There might even be more than 64%

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2 years ago

Your information about the internet traffic increasing for bot is valueable. Never thought that there could be traffic for bots like trading too. Thanks for sharing this information sir.

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2 years ago

I think this is true and it's a lot more. Some bots are good but mostly are bad.

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2 years ago

Al igual que las criptomonedas los bot llegaron para quedarse , en mundo el cual no para con el desarrollo informático y todo lo que traiga bunas vibras bienvenido sea felicidades por tan interesante articulo

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2 years ago

Not only 64%, but a lot more. There's not much live traffic, but it's there. Thank you for bringing this up.

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2 years ago