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"Twitter" has published the data about the Russian "trolls"

"Today we publish all the accounts and related content, which may be linked to information operations in 2016", - said in a statement.

Twitter published a trove of some 10 million tweets that it said were linked to state-backed operations by Russian Federation and Iran, shedding new light on the scale of misinformation campaigns mounted by the two nations, apparently created to influence voters and sow dissension in the United States and elsewhere.

The social media company said in a blog post Wednesday morning that the data comes from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency and 770 other accounts potentially originating in Iran. The datasets released this week are aimed at enabling independent academic research and investigation into the nature of foreign influence campaigns, Twitter said.

Their apparent mission was to flood American social media with controversial material to galvanize political hostilities ahead of the 2016 election.

Twitter on Wednesday released a database of over 10 million tweets said to be from troll accounts, of which nine million were from Russian Federation, reported The Verge.




Elections 2018: Is misinformation killing democracy? But researchers said the Iranian operation relied on many identities, and at times bots, to push the preferred messages of the Iranian government over a six-year period. The accounts, such as "Atlanta Online", "Baltimore Online", "Baton Rouge Voice", "Chicago Daily News", and "Dallas Top News" would also include tweet-length news headlines with no link, the report said. "We must #TakeTheKnee", one troll account tweeted.

"This database consists of 3 841 account, which can be related to (the suspect of meddling in elections) "online research", based in Russian Federation. These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed - they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge", the social media giant added.

According to federal investigators, the troll farm created fake Twitter accounts pretending to be US-based groups or activists, and then published tweets meant to secretly spread propaganda and misinformation to the American public.

"The Russian trolls were non-partisan: they tried to inflame everybody, regardless of race, creed, politics, or sexual orientation", the Lab noted, "On many occasions, they pushed both sides of divisive issues".

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