Hamilton 68, from the Alliance for Securing Democracy, has collated a ton of data on Russian “Active Measures” troll networks and the useful idiots who boost the St Petersburg Signal.
They’ve been able to determine with surprising accuracy exactly what stories the Russians are pushing on a particular day.
They’re currently poisoning our national discourse by trying to make the discussion about Al Franken’s abhorrent behavior as toxic as possible. From what I’ve observed, it’s mostly comments about how the left is defending Franken, while sending in counter-bots to actually defend Franken.
I won’t post direct links to those troll accounts because I don’t want to engage in a witch hunt, and the tools here are only about 95% accurate.
World-wide, the Russians are continuing to push a false narrative that the United States has given the Islamic State supplies and weaponry (when in reality the equipment was captured from the Iraqi Military during their retreat from the Sunni Triangle.) They’ve gone so far as to use images from video games as “evidence” for that false narrative.
For further reading on troll and bot networks on social media, Medium has a great article here.
If you’re a twitter user who doesn’t want to engage with either left wing or right wing Russian botnets and trolls, a data scientist has created an AI-based tool for identifying individual accounts from those networks here.
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