Twitter publishes tweet trove from 'clumsy' Iran regime campaigns

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2018

The data: The data sets cover 4,611 accounts Twitter believes to be linked with misinformation campaigns originating in Russian Federation and Iran and include over 10 million tweets and more than two million images, GIFs, or videos.

The archive is largely made up of tweets from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, a notorious "troll farm" based in Russian Federation that the U.S. believes tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Twitter on Wednesday released a massive trove of data associated with foreign influence and misinformation campaigns spanning almost a decade - just three weeks before the USA midterm elections.

Twitter has released data sets on all accounts and content associated with election interference operations found on its service since 2016.

Twitter said it is committed to "understanding how bad-faith actors use our services", but also acknowledged that independent research will help its own team.

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"We will continue to proactively combat nefarious attempts to undermine the integrity of Twitter, while partnering with civil society, government, our industry peers, and researchers to improve our collective understanding of coordinated attempts to interfere in the public conversation". "On many occasions, they pushed both sides of divisive issues", the Atlantic Council wrote.

In any case, the Brexit-related posts represent a small fraction of the Russian-linked account's overall activity. "The Russian operation's subsequent use of English-language posting showed how a capability designed for domestic influence could be turned overseas".

"The Russian trolls were non-partisan: they tried to inflame everybody, regardless of race, creed, politics, or sexual orientation".

On the day of the Brexit vote, they tweeted posts with the hashtag ReasonsToLeaveEU more than 1,000 times.

Their apparent mission was to flood American social media with controversial material to galvanize political hostilities ahead of the 2016 election.

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