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Man questioned by police after his Twitter bot makes death threats

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When bots go bad

Twitter user Jeffry van der Goot says he was questioned by police after his Twitter bot made what appeared to be death threats. In a series of tweets first spotted by Fusion, van der Goot explains that his bot, which takes random words from his feed and jumbles them into new tweets, got him in what could have been potentially serious trouble.

A developer based in Amsterdam, van der Goot said the tweet from his Twitter bot that incited the visit from police was actually in response to another Twitter bot. While he never identified the handle of his Twitter bot, van der Goot says he has deleted it after a request from police. This isn't the first bot to do something illegal — an art collective in Switzerland created a bot that purchased and delivered drugs to their front door. The question is how do we handle robots that go rogue?