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Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants

Many cities have hotlines where citizens can report getting food poisoning from restaurants, but not everybody uses them. So, in a recent project, the city of Chicago sought food poisoning cases by setting an algorithm to mine Chicago-area tweets for complaints. The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Twitter bot, plus a new online complaint form, helped the department identify 133 restaurants for inspections over a 10-month period. Twenty-one of those restaurants failed inspection and 33 passed with “critical or serious” violations. Not a bad haul. (Francie Diep, Popular Science)

stylized drawing showing a pizza and people feeling sick

Image: From an infographic for Foodborne Chicago by Payal Patel Designs

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U.S. Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

Numerous versions of this story are floating around online right now.  It seems that Time published the story first on August 6.

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