The Hindustan Times is trying out Twitter bots for live coverage

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Twitter bots are not just vectors of hate and misinformation, an army of trolls ready to pounce on any heated issue. They can be used for accountability and transparency, to poke fun, to facilitate knowledge-sharing, or to express an enduring emotion of having to exist and work on Twitter dot com. The Hindustan Times has begun to automate parts of the reporting process, has tested Twitter bots to deliver in real-time everything from election results and facts about candidates to sports coverage to air quality alerts, hoping to offer readers more immediate public service information and to save reporters time.

They have done this through setting up triggers for sector reports, to using match data from structured JSON feeds it got from its partners and local sites and using a script it dumped the data into the spreadsheet with the links to then be published as a Twitter status update.

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