Dec 18, 2017

Russia meddled on Twitter after UK terror attacks, study says

Suspected Russia-linked Twitter accounts were used to "Extend the impact and harm" of four 2017 terrorist attacks in the UK, a study says. Cardiff University researchers have found hundreds of related messages in 47 accounts previously tied to Russia. The BBC understands that the researchers did not share details of the accounts with Twitter. Cardiff University's Crime and Security Research Institute analysed millions of posts and comments gathered from various social media platforms, before honing in on 70 suspected "Sock puppet" Twitter accounts. "The evidence suggests a systematic strategic political communications campaign being directed at the UK designed to amplify the public harms of terrorist attacks," concluded the authors.

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