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Russian content and fake news on Twitter peaked in a key swing state right before Trump won

Original story at Mother Jones• 5 mentions • 1 week ago

Mother Jones 1 week ago

 
The day Donald Trump was elected president, nearly 2,000 Twitter accounts that had pumped out pro-Trump messages in the run-up to the vote suddenly went dark. Then, in spring 2017, these bot-controlled accounts reemerged to campaign en français for Marine Le Pen in the French election, and then once again this fall, to tweet auf Deutsch on behalf of the far-right party in Germany’s election. The bots were part of a larger group tracked over a month-long period before the US election by University of Southern California researchers, who discovered that bots were deeply entwined in political conversation on Twitter—accounting ...
 
 
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13 Oct
Queerjohn PA @QueerjohnPA
Russian content and fake news on Twitter peaked in a key swing state right before Trump won https://t.co/cTdT9QljME via @MotherJones
13 Oct
Clara Jeffery @ClaraJeffery
RT @jamisonfoser: Oh just Russian bots trying to manipulate active-duty American military personnel. https://t.co/McXfpaXaNV https://t.co/J
12 Oct
Glyn Moody @glynmoody
RT @DavidCornDC: Russian content and fake news on Twitter peaked in a key swing state right before Trump won https://t.co/03HTj9uUSy via @M…
12 Oct
David Corn @DavidCornDC
Russian content and fake news on Twitter peaked in a key swing state right before Trump won https://t.co/03HTj9uUSy via @MotherJones
12 Oct
Mother Jones @MotherJones
Russian content and fake news on Twitter peaked in a key swing state right before Trump won https://t.co/QFFUhy5KhI