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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 03:57 PM

Study suggests Russian social media trolls had impact on 2016 election

Source: Axios


Joe Uchill 2 hours ago| updated 4 mins ago

A new study found that for every 25,000 retweets that a known Russian troll account received during the 2016 election, Donald Trump's poll numbers jumped 1%.

Why it matters: The study, conducted by a team headed at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and published in the peer-reviewed University of Illinois-Chicago journal "First Monday," suggests that ó despite protests to the contrary by Republicans and Trump allies ó the Russian disinformation campaign was successful in influencing the 2016 election.

Details: The Tennessee-Knoxville study analyzed 770,005 tweets in English from known Russian troll accounts, as well as corresponding poll data from FiveThirtyEight's archive of multiple polling outlets.

Every 25,000 retweets of Russian accounts correlated to a 1% increase in Trump's poll numbers one week later.



Read more: https://www.axios.com/russia-interference-trolls-impact-2016-election-eff627d5-f1b3-48fd-8745-449262880e16.html

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Reply Study suggests Russian social media trolls had impact on 2016 election (Original post)
DonViejo Jul 2019 OP
True Dough Jul 2019 #1
stopdiggin Jul 2019 #7
mac56 Jul 2019 #2
jrthin Jul 2019 #3
karynnj Jul 2019 #4
awesomerwb1 Jul 2019 #5
kimbutgar Jul 2019 #6
stopdiggin Jul 2019 #8
PSPS Jul 2019 #9
SunSeeker Jul 2019 #10
Brother Buzz Jul 2019 #11
Perseus Jul 2019 #12
BigmanPigman Jul 2019 #13
Blue_Tires Jul 2019 #14
mahina Jul 2019 #15

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 03:58 PM

1. Was there any doubt left about the Russian interference?

Only Donny and Vladdy's denials.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:34 PM

7. virtually none

this only adds some solid numbers and stats. and note -- only include "confirmed" Russian actors/accounts. need to keep in mind that there were other agents involved -- and that Americans themselves were involved in a lot of misinformation, deliberate and otherwise.
(Note: American politics, including dirty tricks, misinformation, ratf**ing .. as ugly as they might be, are ALL in a different category from foreign intervention. this would seem to be a fairly simple concept. tongue in cheek.)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:16 PM

2. In other breaking news: water is wet.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:16 PM

3. And, water is wet. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:18 PM

4. I assume that it is likely that ANY intervention that big - if well designed - would have an impact

However, as many things happen at the same time, I think that assuming that ALL the change in Trump's numbers was due to the trolls is a very poor assumption. Not to mention, correlation does NOT - in and of itself - prove causality.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:28 PM

5. That's why everyone has to get involved

For example if you don't a Twitter, get an account and retweet the good guys.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:34 PM

6. Why can't twitter recognize where these tweets are coming from and block them?

If they have an IP or DNS address canít they just block those incoming tweets and thwart them?

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #6)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 04:47 PM

8. if you know their nationality?

IP and DNS are child's play to mask. If you're talking about content .. How do you tell the difference between a Russian troll and an ordinary (term advisedly) MAGA maggot? Or indeed a DU member that is going hyperbolic on a particular subject? We joke about poor English and hackneyed phrases, but there again .. Seen what a lot of US citizens post?

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #8)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:12 PM

9. Twitter can require verifiable ID and other methods to open an account

Twitter knows the troll accounts. The Tennessee-Knoxville study was able to identify them too. Twitter is reluctant to put a stop to it only because of $$$$.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:18 PM

10. K & R for exposure.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:41 PM

11. That's evidence, NOT PROOF...

SO STOP SAYING THAT!



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 06:00 PM

12. The biggest take on this is the stupidity of the USA voters

 

Most people have become so lazy they only get their information from news outlets, they don't bother to check what they read on Facebook, what the hear on Fox, they have become addicted to their phones, and the TV is almost religion.

I was in New York a few weeks ago, I remember when long time ago you would see people with books, reading, now almost every one in the subway is texting, hypnotized by their phones. Russians have understood this addiction to phones and TV so they have exploited it.

Americans should be mad that they have allowed the Russians to fool them, Americans should learn not to trust anything on Facebook, Fox news and other outlets that help deceive them, how many times are you going to allow someone to make a fool out of you?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 06:57 PM

13. Carter: He's an illegitimate POTUS.

ANNULL HIS PRESIDENCY, after you indict him!!!!! Ron Perlman and I agree on this one.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:30 PM

14. Greenwald and Assange were unavailable for comment

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 07:58 PM

15. This just in

🧐

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