Imma repost my post, also checked.
The internet has changed drastically in a very short period of time. It once was a wild untamed place, but over the last two decades it has been, uh, in lack of better terms "normie-ized." The internet became something "they" didn't control, and they have gone to a great deal of trouble to control it, and they now do. Bots are a BIG part of it. Mutliplatform shills are another.
So, reddit, i never got into "website nationalism" so I still go there every now and then, but that place is ripe with bots (and shills, obviously). There was a post on the conspiracy subreddit, where the guy went to the politics subreddit and pmed links to a multitude of users saying "this link will record your IP address, don't click it" with a link that recorded their IP address while also recording how quickly they clicked the link. He said around 80% of users clicked the link within nanoseconds of him sending the PM, those users would then respond minutes later saying something like "you wont get my IP lying asshole." There were of course normal users who just responded "lol wat" and never clicked the link. Anyone who has ever gone to a default sub on plebbit will know, there's about 1 honest user per 10 bots and 2 shills.
The rest of the internet isn't any better. There's no pm system on 4chan, so we can't know for sure, but having bashed my head against 4/pol/ these last few months, normal users are a dime a dozen. Even the discord users there to make a mess intentionally (unpaid shills) stand out because they're actual people.