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DELAYED STULTIFICATION

This bot will spend the next year tweeting the Chilcot report

A view of The Iraq Inquiry Report presented by Sir John Chilcot at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London
Reuters/Jeff J Mitchell
"If only we could read this in bite-sized chunks on the go somehow"
  • Joon Ian Wong
By Joon Ian Wong

Technology Reporter

Published Last updated on This article is more than 2 years old.

The Chilcot report is long—2.6 million words long. It takes the form of 12 hefty volumes that occupy a table measuring several meters in length, in print form. It looks like this (with humans for scale):

Reuters/Jeff J Mitchell
In 12 handy volumes.

Now you can savor the document, which took seven years to produce and find that the United Kingdom joined the invasion of Iraq under dubious circumstances, in tweet-sized bursts.

Chilcot Bot began its task just after the report was published today. Its inaugural tweet reads:

The bot issues a new tweet every four and half minutes or so, according to a calculation by Motherboard. It was created by BuzzFeed to reproduce the text in a more “digestible” form, according to Chris Applegate, a UK-based developer who worked on it.

Chilcot Bot will complete the regurgitation of its corpus in a year’s time. If you don’t follow its tweets from the beginning, you’ll be confronted with a stream of incomprehensible text in reverse-chronological order. Or you could scroll all the way to the start.

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