Twitter doesn’t make it easy to track Russian propaganda efforts — this database can help
Source: Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here.
Download and take a look at their 29 megabyte spreadsheet file.
Only a very tiny percent of them have anything to do with candidates.
A large percentage strongly resemble a fake news operation, such as
- RT @beforeitsnews: Video of incredibly rare ghost shark released online https://t.co/tZbkZHxzoO https://t.co/UkkfEIYqdl
- RT @Info24US: Church Of England Group Wants To Call God A ‘She’ http://t.co/QOAZRzn6J1
- RT @melaninporn: I WANT THIS WHOLE THREAD TATTED ON MY ENTIRE BODY.,,,, GOOD SHIT RIGHT HERE https://t.co/CoHsLuuyfH
- RT @Shooters_Wife: MT @Shooters_Wife: Buying baby parts is OK, because you only pay for the box they come in! https://t.co/0ta5DFxOis #Wakeâ€¦
- RT @extinctsymbol: “The oceans are under attack because of our incredibly advanced and aggressive technology.” https://t.co/uMUoyBjbVE
There is very little having to do with candidates, a bit having to do with “issues”, and a lot of tweets reading like the above fake news click bait.
Is this what we are yelling and screaming about now? A fake news operation on social media run by a private business in Russia? Hello?
If a fake news operation can lead the U.S. to say the Russian government has declared war on the U.S., then social media is not only the most effective propaganda in world history, but also the most dangerous form of communications in world history.