Twitter Posts Millions Of “Meddling” Tweets From Russia, Iran “Information Operations”

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Wed, 10/17/2018

Twitter has released millions of tweets, images and videos from thousands of accounts they claim are linked to operatives based in Russia and Iran, who have used the platform to spread disinformation. The company says it is releasing the information to encourage independent analysis by journalists, academics and researchers.

The data sets comprise 3,841 accounts affiliated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) and 770 other accounts “potentially originating in Iran,” according to a statement by Twitter.

Today we are releasing all the accounts and related content associated with potential information operations that we have found on our service since 2016. We had previously disclosed these activities, but are now releasing substantially more information about them to enable independent academic research and investigation.

We are making this data available with the goal of encouraging open research and investigation of these behaviors from researchers and academics around the world.

These large datasets comprise 3,841 accounts affiliated with the IRA, originating in Russia, and 770 other accounts, potentially originating in Iran. They include more than 10 million Tweets and more than 2 million images, GIFs, videos, and Periscope broadcasts, including the earliest on-Twitter activity from accounts connected with these campaigns, dating back to 2009. -Twitter

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