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8chan News Board Ring: /pn/ - Politics and News - /politics/ - Politics

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How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter

The Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency operated dozens of Twitter accounts masquerading as local American news sources that collectively garnered more than half-a-million followers. More than 100 news outlets also published stories containing those handles in the run-up to the election, and some of them were even tweeted by a top presidential aide. These news imposter accounts, which are part of the 2,752 now-suspended accounts that Twitter Inc. has publicly disclosed to be tied to the IRA, show how the Russian group sought to build local communities of followers to disseminate messages.

Many of the news imposter accounts amassed their following by tweeting headlines from real news sites, while others sought to represent certain communities. They targeted a diverse set of regions across the political spectrum, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston. Several of the accounts were impersonating local news outlets in swing states, like @TodayPittsburgh, @TodayMiami and @TodayCincinnati.

There were about 40 news imposter accounts out of the 2,752 Twitter accounts that the company identified as being tied to the IRA. Twitter has deactivated all of those accounts and removed any data on the accounts from third-party sources. Information on the details of the accounts was gathered from Meltwater, a data intelligence firm that monitors social media. Details on the contents of the tweets are from Facebook posts that were synced with the users’ Twitter accounts. Some of the followers of the accounts could be bots, and the same bots or users could have followed multiple imposter accounts.

We take seriously reports that the power of our service was misused by a foreign actor for the purpose of influencing the U.S. presidential election and undermining public faith in the democratic process," the company said in an emailed statement. "Twitter believes that any activity of that kind—regardless of magnitude—is intolerable, and we agree that we must do better to prevent it."




Weslie Viddaurri is one of the people who followed one of these fake news accounts, @TodayNYCity. He had no idea it was linked to the Russian-based troll farm. The account had more than 60,000 followers and claimed to be "New York City's local news on Twitter. Breaking news, sports, events and international news." Many of the account's tweets linked to breaking news stories from legitimate local news sites, like the New York Daily News and the New York Times.

Viddaurri signed up for Twitter three years go. He lives in the small town of Spavinaw, Oklahoma, where he's a machinist at a company that makes airplanes. He used to check Twitter almost every day to read the news, until he decided to quit last month (though he didn't delete his account). Twitter recently revealed that more than 36,000 Russian-linked accounts generated about 1.4 million automated, election-related Tweets. Viddaurri says the recent revelations have turned him away from Twitter.

"I assumed that there was more real people and real stuff on social media than there really is. It's just so fake. It has been disheartening. I wish Twitter had been more vigilant on vetting people that become members," said Viddaurri, who is 50. "I don't trust Twitter news anymore."

Viddaurri followed almost 4,500 Twitter accounts. He followed news sites, public figures and politicians on all sides of the political spectrum. Bloomberg LP is developing a global breaking news network for the Twitter service.

@BlackNewsOutlet, one of the fake accounts, had more than 40,000 followers and had a description of "Freedom is never given; it is won. #BlackLivesMatter." Tweets from this account frequently posted news about social unrest or headlines to incite anger. A retweeted post from @BlackNewsOutlet on Oct. 19, 2016 read: "How many more black lives needed to change the rotten police systems?"




I hope this is real news


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russian attack trolls


>/pol/ has always been at war with Eurasia


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>Twitter suspends Russian fake news goverment troll accounts with millions of followers



The joke is that /pol/ et al believe fake news and vv

redpills seem to induce psychosis


Sandy Hook is real news t. Bloomberg




>/n/ is /pol/


>>shuts down competing independent news accidentally along with suspected russia accounts

well done you are helping monopolies to ruin your sources for good


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>Twitter suspends a satire account, while leaving degenerates to post their autistic paraphilias

It's like they're pulling their pseudo-freedom of speech bullshit.


Russians are scum



Russians need regime change. they need to be able to choose their leaders.



They don't want change. They are scum.





Russia has never had a history of democracy…never… check out golden hoarde and czars





>/pol/ doesn't claim this whole site is theirs incessantly



>according to twitter, twitter knew about russian accounts allegedly changing people opinions, so they banned all of the russian accounts 1 year and 2 (3?) weeks after trump was allected… according to twitter

>nobody i follow on twitter has been banned

oy vey



>i'm not an obsessed, irrelevant leftypol potato


shilling is hard in news and newplus, congratulations cia guys, you lost against random anons. And you are still getting spoted and defeated


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> cia guys, you lost against random anons. And you are still getting spoted and defeated


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