10m tweets by Russian and Iranian trolls released

Twitter released 10 million tweets by accounts linked to Iranian and Russian disinformation campaigns. File image. Getty

Twitter released 10 million tweets by accounts linked to Iranian and Russian disinformation campaigns. File image. Getty

The data dump includes more than 9 million tweets from almost 4,000 accounts linked to the Russian troll factory Internet Research Agency and more than a million tweets linked to 770 accounts originating in Iran.

"One of the big takeaways is just how big these operations were".

"The IRA and the Iranian operation covered in Twitter's data today are only the tip of the iceberg for foreign manipulation of social media", said Francois. In the months that followed his victory, reports emerged that teams of dedicated operatives in Russian Federation and Iran worked to stir up hatred and division on the social media platform to encourage a Trump victory.

The Russian operation's goals included interfering in the USA presidential race, dividing online communities, unifying support for Russia's interests and weakening trust in American institutions, according to the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab.

"Particularly in the Russian dataset a lot more of the content was in Russian than in English", said Nimmo.

Despite Democrats and the left framing President Donald Trump's election as a function of Russian "election hacking", political messaging across Twitter attributed the Russian state took varying positions on assorted political issues. "#VoterFraud." It received over 25 000 retweets.

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It is evident that Twitter's entire team can not possibly curate all the accounts and tweets, considering, many tweets get left out when users do not report them. Another post read, "I'm exhausted of this whole anti-gun thing".

"It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease", wrote Vijaya Gadde, the legal, public policy, and trust and safety lead at Twitter, and Yoel Roth, the company's head of site integrity, in a blog post. Portland, Oregon-based Dlvr.it, which is used by publishers including Reuters and BuzzFeed, automatically posts content across social media pages.

However, it added: "For our part, we are committed to understanding how bad-faith actors use our services".

Twitter said it was publishing the information to allow for "independent analysis of this activity by researchers".

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