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Twitter released the tweets of another 418 russian accounts on January 31.
I'm going to use this thread to take a look at the information they gave us about these accounts.
And talk about other bots and trolls you can find using this data.
blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/c…
Of the 418 accounts 1 was a double, @CovfefeNationUS it was already included in the last batch of accounts.
One was not actually suspended until I reminded them.
2 of them had active backup accounts at the time of publication of the data.
around 320 of the accounts I had tweeted about a lot. So i'm not going to bother going back over them.
I found them right after NBC put out the 1st batch of tweets from the russian trolls.
They were bots, and most of the data about what they did is unavailable.
When twitter suspends accounts your retweets of those accounts disappear. So when they suspend batches of accounts over time it changes what it looks like the accounts did. If they suspend the accounts a retweet bot was built to boost you don't get to see most of their activity.
Here is an old thread about those 300 accounts:
these sat online for a while, eventually getting suspended
spreadsheet with info, friends and followers.
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
One thing I like to do is go over the connections these accounts have to non-suspended accounts. Usually the bots you can find are dormant and no longer in use, but it gives you some insight on how these bots were setup.
Sometimes you can find bots that come back from the dead. Looking at the friends and followers of those 300ish accounts. I ran across a small set of accounts that came back to life after 2 years.
this small set of bots started out tweeting in russian.
then it looks like they did some spam work?
went dead.
Then came back in 2017 just to tweet:
Common sense in D.C. thanks to #Trump! Rock the first 100 days.
There are a few different ways to find these but they all tweeted the same things at the same times.
like:
#Trump is finally steering the US in a direction that is less politically manipulated.
here is another one:

"Hey #Trump, secure your borders, get big government out of our lives and #draintheswamp!"
Most of the accounts are followed by this crazy old russian botnet that i run into constantly. It was pretty big and created sometime around 2013.
I think i have given twitter 5000+ of them to suspend and there are maybe 40-50K more floating around out there.
That botnet did all kinds of work, it sold penny stocks, cryptocurrency, porn, and lots of political contracting for both US and Ukrainian topics.
Running a few of those sample accounts through the Botometer
The bots used a mix of api access and IFTTT
Here is a google sheet with the bots info, tweets, friends and followers.
I don't know if they are troll factory accounts but it's pretty interesting they came back to send pro-trump tweets after starting out in russian.
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
So after pulling the 320 accounts out of the twitter data i'm left with just 94 accounts I care about looking into.
Using the Clemson University model I tried to classify the types of accounts left.
3 Zimbabwe
3 Syrian
7 russian speakers
1 rockstar games troll
1 spider troll
24 right wing trolls
7 left wing trolls
1 hello account
11 French trolls
1 citibank troll
3 fake campaign accounts
1 video channel
and the remaining 30 were junk accounts.
This is the account twitter forgot to suspend before they published the list.
@pauw_p
It was live until a few days ago.

It was used as part of CyberBerkut information op back in 2014.
This was probabaly a backup account for one of the right wing trolls
And this is a live account that's probably a backup for one of the right wing trolls
@YouLootWeShoot2
OR it could be just a fan account.
I always like to look and see who was talking to the trolls.
more verified users chatting with them
Looks like one tricked a few places into something...might be worth looking into
I think this dude has retweeted every right wing troll twitter put on the list. How the hell someone like this stays verified i'll never understand.
Here is who the 24 right wing russian trolls liked to retweet the most:
Top hashtags for those accounts:
Urls they shared, ignore my crap chart, i forgot to adjust the width.
Their retweets, though most of these are a single RT. @QuartneyChante being the exception.
And the urls they shared.
@afrobeatstoday
@leahjavon
@tariqnasheed
@WAfricaHistory
@suede_santoro
@RealDLHughley
@FENTYLOOK
@rihanna
@chakabars
Of the 3 Zimbabwe trolls here are the hashtags they used
#EDhasmyvote
#ED
#EDHasMyVote
#VoteED
#Edhasmyvote
#EDpfee
#ZanuPF
#ZimbabweDecides2018
#edpfee
And the urls they shared:
here are the top hashtags for the "Syrian" Trolls (only 3 accounts)
#InsideSyriaMC
#Syria
#ISIS
#US
#SAA
#SyrianArmy
#Aleppo
#Damascus
#DeirEzzor
#Raqqa
#UN
#Turkey
#Homs
my encoding didn't work for the arabic hashtags, sorry
And the urls they shared, the bitly link goes here
en.insidesyriamc.com/2017/01/30/ful…
the urls they shared
ask.fm/friendlycarrot
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