Social media platforms such as twitter and facebook enable people to know facts and events that otherwise would have been silenced.
However, social media significantly contribute also to fast spreading biased and false news while targeting specific segments of the population.
Using a benchmark of so called `credulous' users, i.e.
Genuine accounts following many bots, we investigate behavioural attitudes of so called `credulous' users, i.e.
Genuine accounts following many bots.
Leveraging our previous work, where supervised learning is successfully applied to single out credulous users, we improve the classification task with a detailed features'analysis and provide evidence that simple and lightweight features are crucial to detect such users.
Furthermore, we study the differences in the way credulous and not credulous users interact with bots and discover that credulous users tend to amplify more the content posted by bots and argue that their detection can be instrumental to get useful information on possibledissemination of spam content, propaganda, and, in general, little or noreliable information.
Alessandro Balestrucci, Rocco De Nicola, Marinella Petrocchi, Catia Trubiani