BREAKING: @TWITTER just published the full dataset of tweets from the Russian and Iranian troll farms.
9 million Russian tweets. 1 million Iranian tweets. #motherlode
They gave @DFRLab a look ahead of time.
Thread on the findings to follow.
BREAKING: @Twitter just announced a whole batch more takedowns. Including:
Fake accounts run by Partido Popular in Spain
Happy Friday, folks.
BREAKING: Facebook just took down 364 pages and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behaviour in the former USSR.
Who was running them?
Sputnik employees, that's who.
@Twitter @saudq1978 @ColumbiaJIA @arabianveritas @josh_emerson @KSATODAY On Spain, Twitter took down 256 accounts "operated by Partido Popular".
Mainly fake accounts spamming and retweeting. The unsubtle end of the spectrum. https://t.co/O7QW6w4qWM
1. I research apparent Russian troll-factory trolling of UK MPs.
2. The Times runs a story on it.
3. The Russian Embassy trolls the Times.
4. I tweet on that.
5. I get trolled by... Andy Wigmore and Arron Banks.
Curiouser and curiouser. https://t.co/hUUhn473Pk
JUST OUT: welcome to operation #SecondaryInfektion, a Russian-based information operation that's persistent, sophisticated, and well resourced.
Suspected source: Russian intelligence.
@DFRLab has been investigating. Top takeaways here.
BREAKING: coordinated takedown across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
-Operation based in Ghana;
-Targeted the African-American community;
-Still in audience-building stage;
-No systematic reference to 2020 election;
-Linked to associates of the Russian IRA troll farm. https://t.co/73mJr2v7ds
Thread: Case study in Russian and pro-Kremlin Twitter activity around the Skripal poisoning case, and how it tries to influence the UK debate. medium.com/dfrlab/putinat…..
This is why the far right love online agitation, and are scared of coming out in real life.
Social media allow small groups to make themselves look big.
BREAKING: @Graphika_NYC has been digging into Russian info op #SecondaryInfektion for months. Today, we’re exposing its full scale.
> 2,500 pieces of content
> 300 platforms (no, that’s not a typo)
And some truly epic fails.
Thread: Why do we know so much about the Russian #trollfarm? One reason is that Russian journalists are really good at their jobs. @DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/the-rus…..
Reports of the #WhiteHelmets being evacuated from Syria.
These are the rescuers who've been the target of one of the most concerted smear and trolling campaigns I know.
Not primarily as rescuers, but as witnesses to potential war crimes.
BREAKING: @Facebook just took down four networks for coordinated inauthentic behavior. Attributions include:
- "some of the employees of the offices of (...) Eduardo Bolsonaro, Flavio Bolsonaro and Jair Bolsonaro";
- "Roger Stone and his associates."
THREAD: the White Helmets were subjected to the most sustained state-backed smear campaign I’ve ever seen. By all appearances, it’s because they were witnesses to probable war crimes.
Just published: case study of some heavy-handed attempts to game Twitter in India in February.
Bots on both sides, but the attempt to boost the pro-Modi traffic was the craziest I've seen.
Thread: So many apparently American and British users are being accused of being "Russian trolls" (or bots) that the evidence for the real ones is getting buried.
Here's the sort of evidence which +does+ help ID possible troll-factory accounts.
BREAKING: UK telecoms regulator @Ofcom finds Kremlin broadcaster RT guilty of violating the rules on due impartiality seven times in six weeks, post-Salisbury.
"Serious failure of compliance." Sanction being considered.
Studying the troll farm, it's worth remembering how much we owe to independent Russian journalists, who found it first, and penetrated it first.
BREAKING: @Facebook just took down over 900 accounts, pages and groups associated with @TheBLcom and Epoch Media Group.
Report from @Graphika_NYC and @DFRLab coming shortly.
Well, this is pretty big.
@reddit confirms that the dissemination of the UK/US trade leaks was "tied to" the earlier Russian operation "Secondary Infektion":
Thread: Russia's propaganda machine is full-spectrum. This is how the parts work together. @DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/russias….. https://t.co/I4tmt4oGQ2
They work using the pattern of the 4Ds: dismiss, distort, distract, and dismay.
The current campaign focuses on the first three. Insult the analysts, distort the evidence, and say everyone does what Russia did. https://t.co/umOt4tUiBl
THREAD: catching up, but when dramatic stories about social-media manipulation break, it's really important to *calm down and look at the evidence*.
Thread: Must-read piece on state-sponsored trolling from @business.
It's coordinated. It's cross-platform. It's aimed at silencing critical or analytical voices. It's worldwide.
And the real work on countering it is just beginning.
OK, so far, from the pro-Kremlin corner, we have the suggestion that the #Skripal #Novichok poisoning was carried out by:
The British authorities
Rogue agents (or "rouge", per Sputnik)
The EU (per UKIP High Wycombe)