Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows
Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) attempting to influence UK politics out of 2,752 accounts suspended by Twitter in the US.
One of the accounts run from the Kremlin-linked operation attempted to stir anti-Islamic sentiment during the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March in a bogus post claiming a Muslim woman ignored victims – a claim that was highlighted by mainstream media outlets including Mail Online and the Sun.
That’s just the latest article testifying that Twitter has become a wellspring of bullshit.
It really makes me wonder how many RTs from other fake accounts wound up in my own stream and tried to influence my thinking — or tried to simply outrage me.
Life without Twitter has been great! Everyone should try it.