Though Silvio Berlusconi's Facebook denial of a resignation rumor isn't the first time a...

|By:, SA News Editor

Though Silvio Berlusconi's Facebook denial of a resignation rumor isn't the first time a political announcement was launched via a social networking channel, it was remarkable because it had the potential to draw an inspired online response. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's recent experience is just one example of a politician's social media channel overrun by detractors. Expect more of the same, as experts warn "social bots" can launch massive propaganda campaigns on Facebook to mimic viral support or disdain for a candidate or a cause.