- were about the home government first
- had multiple goals
- targeted specific activist communities
- not always high-impact
AWD is part of the Iranian messaging laundromat.
That's 1/3 of +all+ their traffic.
They're not the ones who made it, and not the ones who pushed it most, but it shows their intent.
These are some of the first accounts. 2013 vintage, #BlackLivesMatter bios.
A lot of them masqueraded as the #Resistance.
This was already well known, but just to illustrate, here are some of their posts on #TakeTheKnee. (An odd hashtag, perhaps so they could track their impact?)
Posts here were uniformly hostile, probably because this was a theme which they could use to turn Americans against the government.
The Russian troll accounts reacted to the Brussels terror attacks, and other terror attacks, by posting on #IslamKills. Thousands of times.
Not a concerted campaign. Just doing their bit.
2,683 posts. An attempt to get an entirely fabricated story to trend.
@TEN_GOP started off sharing websites, but the more aggressive it became, the more users reacted.
Using the engagement power of social media for abuse. A hard model to counter, because it's the DNA of the platforms.
Here's how many times they used @ifttt automation, mostly in 2017-18.
@CritChronicle, apparently UK-based, was pretty edgy. Anti-Trump, anti-May, anti-Israel, anti-Brexit, pro-Corbyn,pro-aid workers.
Almost as if it learned from the Russian ones.
Original posts were significantly lower. Getting data now.
Those features aren't going to change. Responses need to look to making users more aware.
Stay tuned. This is not going away.
“Russians indicted today: 13
Illegal immigrants crossing Mexican border indicted today: 0
Anyway, I hope that all those Internet Research Agency f*ckers will be sent to Gitmo.”
(@JohnCopper16, Feb 16)