By NATALIA V. OSIPOVA and AARON BYRD | Nov. 1, 2017 | 5:03 How do bots and trolls work to infiltrate social media platforms and influence U.S. elections? We take a closer look at these insidious online pests to explain how they work. Related: article: Tech Executives Are Contrite About Election Meddling, but Make Few Promises on Capitol Hill Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related botsComputers and the InternetCyberwarfare and DefenseRussian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump AssociatesSocial MediatrollsTrump, Donald JUnited States Politics and Government 0 Wendy Pettit Wendy Pettit is a writer for NYT and writes for other publications on her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog Zuko. Related Posts How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online February 19, 2018 Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims, ‘I Never Said Russia Did Not Meddle’ February 18, 2018 News Analysis: U.S. Revives Concerns About European Defense Plans, Rattling NATO Allies February 18, 2018 Write A Comment Cancel Reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.