Twitter releases data linked to Russian, Iranian info campaigns

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

770 accounts suspected of propaganda activities allegedly belong to users from Iran.

In line with our strong principles of transparency and with the goal of improving understanding of foreign influence and information campaigns, we are releasing the full, comprehensive archives of the Tweets and media that are connected with these two previously disclosed and potentially state-backed operations on our service.

"We're releasing substantially more information about them to enable independent academic research and investigation", he said.

The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab analyzed the data and found that "both troll operations put their governments' needs first".

San Francisco: With the goal of improving understanding of how foreign influence campings operate on Twitter, the microblogging site has now released massive datasets of accounts linked to potential influence campaigns originating in Russian Federation and Iran.

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At the beginning of 2018, Twitter revealed its findings into the 2016 USA presidential election and its effects on it, widely believed to have been a key player in the unexpected electing of Donald Trump.

Twitter on Wednesday released data on foreign influence campaigns on its platform showing some 10 million tweets, mostly from Russian Federation, dating back as far as 2009.

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

It is one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated.

University College London researcher Michael Veale said that he asked Twitter to provide him with the personal data the company had collected from him when he clicked on links in other people's tweets, but Twitter refused. The army of fake accounts Tweeted out 1,102 posts with the hashtag #ReasonsToLeaveEU. Numerous accounts were created to look like they were run by real Americans.

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

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