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BREAKING: @TWITTER just published the full dataset of tweets from the Russian and Iranian troll farms.

9 million Russian tweets. 1 million Iranian tweets. #motherlode

They gave @DFRLab a look ahead of time.

Thread on the findings to follow.

blog.twitter.com/official/en_us…
Main takeaways. The troll operations:

- were about the home government first
- had multiple goals
- targeted specific activist communities
- apolitical
- opportunistic
- evolved
- not always high-impact

medium.com/dfrlab/trolltr…
First point: the troll operations started off as defending the home government.

Timeline on 9 million Russian tweets here.

Russian-language posts outnumbered the English ones, and peaked higher and earlier.

Russians were the first targets.
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You can still see the tweets from the accounts the WSJ talks about in this

Russian Trolls Tweeted Disinformation Long Before U.S. Election wsj.com/graphics/russi… via @WSJGraphics
see this part about about a food poisoning outbreak hoax in november 2015
this is a currently non-suspended "troll factory" russain RE4UVNDo4c
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