This Twitterbot corrects people who say 'illegal immigrant'

Twitter Bots Have No Trouble Fooling You

A variety of Twitterbots populate the social media platform and this one is up to some good.

The latest creation by media company Fusion is an attempt to change the misuse of the words "illegal immigrant". Many personalities from President Obama to Natalie Portman are making an attempt to only use the terms "undocumented immigrant" or "unauthorized immigrant" instead of "illegal" as did publication like the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times. The Supreme Court also opted for the same phrasing since legal experts say that "illegal immigrant" is not accurate.

According to Fusion:

"In a modest effort to help America shed some of its historical baggage, we built a Twitter bot that replies to some of the people who tweet the words "illegal immigrant," letting them know that in 2015, the preferred terms are "undocumented immigrant" or "unauthorized immigrant." To avoid spamming people, the bot only runs once every ten minutes, and it never replies to the same user twice."

Here are some of the responses the bot has generated and the people's reactions, which seem pretty heated. Some users even started arguing with the bot, without realizing that it's kind of like talking to a wall:

Some users though had some positive responses and thanked the bot for teaching them something:

While some weren't happy that the correction was offered by a soulless machine:

This bot's mission is to eradicate the misuse of the incorrect phrasing, since according to its creators, as Jose Antonio Vargas commented:

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