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Russian Trolls Stoked Anger Over Black Lives Matter More Than Was Previously Known

Source: Mother Jones

As Twitter shares more about the actions of thousands of known Russian accounts – including the company’s recent revelation to Congress that in the two months before the election, Russian-linked bots retweeted @realdonaldtrump 470,000 times vs. retweeting Hillary Clinton’s account fewer than 50,000 times – the UW research sheds further light on a deliberate strategy the Russian government used to play both sides of an emotional American debate.

In data collected over a nine-month period ending in October 2016, the UW team found clearly defined left-leaning and right-leaning clusters—about 10,000 accounts in each sphere—tweeting about police shootings and including the three hashtags related to #BlackLivesMatter. Two of the Russian accounts found were among the top 12 most-retweeted accounts overall across all 20,000 accounts. “This suggests that troll content was relatively widely broadcasted in the contexts of this network,” the research team wrote in their findings. “On both sides, we see troll accounts gaining traction in polarized, audience-driven discourse.”

Read more: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/01/russian-trolls-hyped-anger-over-black-lives-matter-more-than-previously-known/
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Tue Jan 30, 2018, 03:09 PM (4 replies)

From the Czech Republic, a warning for our midterms: The Russians are still meddling

Source: Washington Post

The outcome of the Czech election is a setback for the West and its supporters in the country, but as important, it is evidence that the Putin regime has not restrained its efforts to subvert Western democracies through disinformation and corruption, despite increasing exposure of the operations and sanctions imposed following the 2016 U.S. election. The Czech case is one more warning that Moscow can be expected to target the upcoming U.S. midterms — and that, to date, the Trump administration has done next to nothing to defend the American electoral system.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/from-the-czech-republic-a-warning-for-our-midterms-the-russians-are-still-meddling/2018/01/29/4498a748-0517-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-f%3Ahomepage%2Fstory
Posted by Hermit-The-Prog | Mon Jan 29, 2018, 10:02 PM (11 replies)
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