Russian Twitter trolls tested out multiple techniques to disrupt U.S. election - 2019-06-04

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F182.png Russian Twitter trolls tested out multiple techniques to disrupt U.S. election June 4, 2019, Kaleigh Rogers, CBC News

Russian agents tweeted about everyday topics like sports or trending hashtags to build followers, before switching to more divisive topics as part of a campaign to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a new analysis has found.

The research provides a detailed look inside Russia's efforts on Twitter to interfere with the election, showing that the Internet Research Agency, an operation based in St. Petersburg with ties to Kremlin intelligence, spent years testing out various techniques to gain followers and command attention, in order to execute the campaign.

Russian IRA-backed Twitter accounts ran automatically at first, and were later taken over by real people, according to the paper published online Monday in Defence Strategic Communications , an academic journal published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.

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{{cite news | first = Kaleigh | last = Rogers | title = Russian Twitter trolls tested out multiple techniques to disrupt U.S. election | url = https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/twitter-russia-trolls-presidential-election-nato-analysis-1.5160734 | work = CBC News | date = June 4, 2019 | accessdate = June 14, 2019 }}