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Thu Mar 16, 2017, 09:14 AM

Twitter users volunteer to be Russia's latest weapon in the information wars

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/16/twitter-users-volunteer-to-be-russias-latest-weapon-in-the-information-wars

Some Twitter users are voluntarily handing control of their accounts to the UK’s Russian Embassy, which uses them to retweet the “most important” tweets of the Russian ambassador on a weekly basis.

The programme, described by the embassy as the “Russian diplomatic online club”, is sold to its members as “a way for everybody interested in international policy and all things Russian to gain knowledge, get insights from top diplomats and be part of fascinating networking, both online and off”.

But its existence also adds to the weight of evidence that the nation engages in online “astroturfing”, using co-ordinated semi-automated accounts to create the appearance of widespread support for Russia and its allies.

Technology magazine Motherboard first reported on the “club”, signing up for it with a new Twitter account. Shortly after, the account retweeted a tweet from the ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, announcing his presence at the London Book Fair.

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fleur-de-lisa Mar 2017 OP
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Thu Mar 16, 2017, 09:19 AM

1. This needs to be brought up to CEO at Twitter. There should be a way to spot this sort of behavior.

 

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Thu Mar 16, 2017, 09:32 AM

2. K&R

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