• News
  • World Media

Twitter releases data linked to Russian, Iranian info campaigns

Twitter releases data linked to Russian, Iranian info campaigns

Twitter said on Wednesday that it had identified 3,841 accounts affiliated with the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, a Russian "troll farm" that has been indicted by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller for attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

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.

"These large datasets comprise 3,841 accounts affiliated with the IRA, originating in Russian Federation, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran", the microblogging website said. IRA allegedly ran information campaigns on several social media platforms to undermine the political process in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"The scale and scope of the Russian troll farm drastically outweighed the scale and scope of the Iranian troll farm", said Graham Brookie, the director and managing editor of the Digital Forensic Research Lab.

Twitter has released a huge swath of data linked to foreign influence and misinformation campaigns, ahead of the USA midterm elections in three weeks.

Twitter said it will "continue to proactively combat nefarious attempts" to undermine the integrity of its network.

However, the hashtag #reasonstoleaveeu was also found to have been included in the text of 1,092 tweets posted on the day of the referendum.




"Russia's troll operation primarily targeted Russian speakers, while Iran's focused on pushing regime messaging overseas by promoting aligned websites".

The Twitter spread information about the archive of several thousand accounts that may be involved in the intervention in the American elections. Similar accounts with suspected Iranian ties cloaked their efforts as French, Croatian and Spanish reporters.

A preliminary look at the data by Ars Technica revealed that a common tactic used by the IRA was to create "local news" accounts for major United States cities, seeding them with posts linking to local news outlets.

The social media giant first disclosed the accounts earlier this year, when it suspended them.

"The Russian operation was much more skilled", he added.

The tweets made public by Twitter either insult or praise certain election candidates, activists and other influential targets or topics with charged rhetoric.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment


Latest News

  • Most states facing confirmed or possible cases of polio-like illness

    Most states facing confirmed or possible cases of polio-like illness

    What are the chances my child will get AFM? There's no way to determine which child will development AFM, according to Glatter. Samples from some patients revealed the presence of enteroviruses , but others had been infected with a rhinovirus .
    Khashoggi disappearance: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to in Riyadh

    Khashoggi disappearance: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to in Riyadh

    Local reports based on information provided by unidentified Turkish officials have painted a bleak picture of deceit and murder. Meanwhile, more business barons pulled out of Saudi Arabia's investment conference Future Investment Initiative on Monday.
    Official royal wedding photos capture intimate moment between Princess Eugenie and groom

    Official royal wedding photos capture intimate moment between Princess Eugenie and groom

    Alex Bramall's royally-sanctioned photo , of the newlyweds ahead of their nighttime celebration, is a feast for the eyes. The final photo sees them en route to their evening reception, with Princess Eugenie in a Zac Posen silk gown.
  • Internet Explodes Over Trump's Praise Of Congressman Who Body-Slammed Reporter

    Internet Explodes Over Trump's Praise Of Congressman Who Body-Slammed Reporter

    Asked about Trump's comments, Theresa May's spokeswoman said: "He obviously made comments at a political rally, and those are for him".

    Jose Mourinho's touchline comments may be investigated by lip reader

    The victor , which will be voted for by a global panel of 176 football journalists, will be announced on December 3. United are eighth in the Premier League , seven points behind leaders Manchester City.
    Google to shut down Google

    Google to shut down Google

    So, for example, your default messaging app will have access to SMS permissions, and the default dialer can access Call Logs. More information will be available over the coming months, including ways that users can download and migrate their data.
  • Woman captured on camera leaving toddler on stranger's doorstep

    Woman captured on camera leaving toddler on stranger's doorstep

    Afterwards, the boy was taken into protective custody but within several hours, tips from the public identified him. Authorities in Texas are seeking the public's help to identify a woman who left a 2-year-old child on a doorstep.
    Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Saudi journalist's disappearance

    Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Saudi journalist's disappearance

    Trump added he was "immediately" sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh "to meet with the king" for talks on the crisis. Prince Mohammed, King Salman's son, has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment.
    US First Lady Melania Trump wraps up solo African tour in Egypt

    US First Lady Melania Trump wraps up solo African tour in Egypt

    She was welcomed by Egyptian First Lady Intissar Amer al-Sisi, who wore an ankle-length blue dress and matching headscarf. US First Lady Melania Trump has found herself in the middle of yet another controversy related to her attire.
  • Pressured over missing writer, Saudi Arabia lashes out

    Pressured over missing writer, Saudi Arabia lashes out

    King Salman also ordered Saudi prosecutors to begin an investigation into what happened to Mr Khashoggi , according to Reuters . The statement articulated the concern of the Swiss Foreign Ministry and its hopes to get more explanation on Khashoggi's fate.
    Hurricane Michael kills one in Florida: county official

    Hurricane Michael kills one in Florida: county official

    She was an 11 year old girl and was killed when some type of debris fell on the home, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . The storm had top sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (96 kph) and was moving to the northeast at 20 miles per hour (32 kph).
    Brazilians cast ballots to elect new President

    Brazilians cast ballots to elect new President

    But the election largely turned on domestic matters, on which Bolsonaro has alienated almost as many people as he has attracted. Once a rising star in the developing world, Brazil has been mired in severe recession and political turmoil since 2015.
  • Patriots Ban Fan Who Threw Beer at Tyreek Hill

    Patriots Ban Fan Who Threw Beer at Tyreek Hill

    The Patriots didn't play badly and lose badly as they did the last two times the Chiefs saw them in the regular season. Mahomes threw two interceptions in the first half but was unflappable down the stretch.
    Melania Trump says she ignores rumors of Trump's infidelity

    Melania Trump says she ignores rumors of Trump's infidelity

    Melania's response was basically to channel Mariah Carrey's "I don't know her" comment about Jennifer Lopez . EST for more of the ABC News special " Being Melania - The First Lady".
    Pogba should have kept views to himself - Saha

    Pogba should have kept views to himself - Saha

    I am the manager, I can make these decisions. 'You do not have to be a captain to speak. France's midfielder Paul Pogba poses in Clairefontaine en Yveline.
  • Florida: Grim search through ruined landscape after Michael

    Florida: Grim search through ruined landscape after Michael

    An 80-mile (130-kilometer) stretch of Interstate 10, the main east-west route along the Panhandle, was closed. Klotzbach said scientists will use Michael to better study the effects of wind shear on tropical storms.
    May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

    May to hold Brexit War Cabinet to agree backstop plan

    Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington is also due to hold Brexit meetings with figures from the UK's devolved administrations on Thursday.

    After an undisclosed security breach was revealed, Google+ will be shutting down

    Google says that like other tech companies, it has encouraged third-party developers to "build on top of our various services". Google+ was heavily promoted after its 2011 launch , in the hope of overtaking Facebook in the early days of social media.

Breaking News



Recommended

YouTube is scrambling to get back online amid worldwide outage

Founded in 2005 by three former PayPal employees, YouTube .com is the second most visited site in the world, right behind Google . Some thought their phones were to blame; they deleted and re-installed the app only to find that it didn't solve the problem.

'US Started The Trade War, Beijing Only Responded,' China Says

When asked if he was ready to negotiate, Trump told CBS News: "I have a great chemistry with President Xi (Jinping) of China". China and the United States are entangled in an ongoing trade war with Washington imposing $250 billion in tariffs.

Coric beats Federer to reach Shanghai Masters final

Djokovic enjoyed a measure of revenge as he booked his spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-0 demolition of Marco Cecchinato. A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato. "The second set was ideal , really".

Nepal storm kills several climbers in Himalayas

Two helicopters brought the bodies to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, on Sunday from the mountain after the weather cleared up. Everest, which more than 4,800 climbers have summited - many of them sherpa who have achieved the feat a couple of times .

Argentina legend Maradona blasts compatriot Lionel Messi's leadership

Manchester City have refuted claims that they offered to triple Lionel Messi's salary in a bid to sign the Argentina worldwide from Barcelona .

FortisBC asks customers to reduce gas use after pipeline rupture

The line has been shut down and an investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the incident, the company said. The explosion has knocked out oil refineries in Washington state that rely on natural gas to power the facilities.

Sancho's England debut impresses Kane and Dier

For the players, autopilot will have kicked in once the game began, with the lack of noise unlikely to affect their focus. The football authorities would be well advised to remember the game "without fans is nothing". "Footballers play to win".

300 miles of Florida coastline on hurricane alert

A hurricane warning is in effect for Florida cities including Tallahassee, Panama City, Apalachicola and Pensacola. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency for 26 counties on Sunday, as member station WFSU reports .

China US talks on North Korea get off to frosty start

Pompeo declined to comment whether there was progress on a shutdown of the Yongbyon site. But this time, the North Korean reaction to the talks was much more positive.

Google Hardware Event Tomorrow: 7 Products Expected to Be Unveiled

According to the popular tipster, Roland Quant, a suspicious device rumoured to be the Pixel Mini has been spotted on GFXBench. Google Home Hub , the upcoming smart display speaker that is based on Google Assistant , will be made available on October 22.