Twitter releases data from 'state-backed' operations

Twitter releases data from 'state-backed' operations

The data, comprising hundreds of gigabytes of tweets and media, are linked to thousands of accounts thought to originate from Iran and the Russian Internet Research Agency.

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.

It comes less than one month before U.S. Congressional elections which are already the subject of foreign-directed social media campaigns, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.

Its public release also included several memes and other images from the tweets.

In releasing the dataset, Twitter said the move was "in line with our principles of transparency and to improve public understanding of alleged foreign influence campaigns".

Twitter on Wednesday released a massive trove of data associated with foreign influence and misinformation campaigns spanning almost a decade - just three weeks before the US midterm elections.

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The archive is largely made up of tweets from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Internet Research Agency, a notorious "troll farm" based in Russian Federation that the United States believes tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. It consisted of about a million tweets from 770 accounts that mainly attempted to get Twitter users to go to websites that hosted pro-Iran, anti-Israel or anti-U.S. content.

"It is clear that information operations and coordinated inauthentic behavior will not cease", Twitter said.

Internet trolls from Russian Federation and Iran sent more than 10 million tweets in a bid to spread disinformation and discord in the West, it emerged yesterday.

The company said the release followed up on its commitment to Congress earlier this year to give regular updates and information related to its investigation into foreign influence campaigns on the platform. "For our part, we are committed to understanding how bad-faith actors use our services".

The company said it has provided access to these troll accounts to a small group of researchers with expertise in the matter, in a bid to solve the problem.

In accordance with the management of Twitter, with these CANTV spread out over 10 million messages and more than 2 million pictures, "gtk" and videos.

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