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Anyone that knows a lot about the middle east want to help me out with some bots/trolls?
They don't like #Iran or #Qatar
I found them while looking at the #Russia hashtag, they are either bots or a coordinated trolls. Haven't figured it out yet.
I highlighted them here in the tweets I pulled for #russia
They all use the same naming convention, have similar creation dates, and similar "stats', they also have very similar descriptions.
Regular twitter data never looks like that.
After pulling a timeline for about 20 of them you can see they are tweeting close to the same thing at the same time.
I also noticed they all retweet this brand new "news" account @daily_foucs
Some sample accounts to look at:
All Joined December 2018, all human rights activists.
I also ran across some spanish bots to. 🤷‍♂️
These are kinda cool, they reply to people.
Working on expanding the list of bots out to get them all. And dropping the false positives.
Here is a twitter list if you want to look for yourself.
I split the two sets of bots/trolls apart one is the anti-iran accounts, this one is the spanish bots.
All of them did this at the same time, these Jon Bolton’s bots? 😂
The accounts got suspended last night, I did manage to get a few pulls of their data.
Just the account info:
The english accounts tweets:
An archive of the spanish accounts tweets:
Here are the accounts the english "bots" retweeted the most.

@daily_foucs<--suspended now is 1st

and the only other interesting ones are:
The domains they shared links to are pretty sketchy,
I also happened to grab a snapshot of @daily_foucs's tweets.
Interesting stuff in this.
retweets of Pro-Trump twitter accounts like:
spreadsheet here:
You can still find google caches of some ofthe accounts
I also thought to archive about 10 of them:
There were some very right wing accounts that got suspended too, I didn’t include them initially because I didn’t want to accidentally flag someone and get them harassed. I’ll post some info on them later.
It’s always a hard call posting about these types of accounts, they were pretty decent bots or coordinated trolls engaged in inauthentic behavior. And I don’t want to have a real user get bothered. As always only twitter can tell you what these were or who ran them.
made a spreadsheet of the google caches for these accounts:
last night I only shared the account info for around 90 accounts, there were about 139 total. Only 5 made it out alive and those 5 are pretty suspicious.
Here is the account into for the full set
I only shared the accounts created 12/6 and the spanish
The fact there are so many different account "types" makes it look a lot like what the russians did in 2016. Maybe them? Maybe someone imitating them.
I only featured the anti-iran accounts yesterday.
But there were multiple kinds of them.
some tweeted about:
#UAE #PopeVisit #PopeFrancis #Tolerance_year
this one used #GoFundTheWall
these look shockingly similar to the russians
These things were all over the map, tweets about #Brexit, #NorthKorea, #NancyPelosi, #Venezuela

I'm guessing i just found the tip of the iceberg and there are/were a lot more.
I doubt the russians would do this, but hey who knows!
what the 'spanish" accounts looked like
The top 30 hashtags the english tweeting accounts used:
So if you make a list of all the accounts they retweeted.
Then drop the verified accounts, you get some interesting results, they burned some accounts and you see few that twitter suspended at the same time but I didn't find.
.@USALight2 got suspended at the same time the other accounts did.
Same with @BrownDavis81 here.

"he" was a:
A Human Rights Activist from #London #UK #HumanRights 🇬🇧
That joined the same time as the other accounts

Tweets about #Kashoggi, #Khashoggi, and #Qatar
lots of pro-trump tweets, RT's of Bill Mitchell, tweets about #Brexit, and spreading the "god emperor" trump statue pics.
FireEye gets a callout.


"#Trump’s choice for appeals court criticised for comments on #race, #sexual assault and #LGBT rights!!!"
@pat_watterson was very pro trump
retweets of Charlie Kirk and Don jr.
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