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Why would the chinese government or the russians be running twitter bot networks that retweet Turkish President Erdogan?
#bots #Turkey #Erdogan #Elections2018 #TurkeyElections #TurkishElections2018
i noticed #Lavrov was a trending hashtag of at the on the dashboard, and figured it would be interesting to check out. I usually don't find many bots doing this, but this time I did
dashboard.securingdemocracy.org
I ran across these 30+ accounts all created on the same day, all with the same status, friends, followers, and favorites totals.
When you are scrolling through twitter data on a spreadsheet this never happened unless you have found some bots.
the bots all use "twitter lite" and the tweet they all RTed was this tweet from
China Radio International - chinese state run media idflY6069WBG
The first thing I wanted to do was expand the list of bots out.
So i pulled the timeline of the 1st 30 bots to see what they were retweeting.
Usually I check the retweets of the top-20-30 tweets.
Big mistake on Erdogan's twitter account, that leads into 3-4 "sets"3nddldDF4k
You run into russian bots re-tweeting BIGMONEYMIKE6
some with awesome names like
I'mATexanNotABot or alenasm95322825
TRUMP MAGA MONTANA or kostiannikitin2
who just happen to all be created in the same 3 days and be doing the same exact thing 😀
next you run back into the same bot network i have been tracking since march 1st the one with 80-90 thousand accounts.
But those were not the bots I wanted so i have to go back and recheck the top 20 most popular tweets with the 1st 30 accounts.
Checking the retweets on those 20 tweets gives you a nice list of about 1600 turkish bot accounts. All of them created during the same timeframe, with the same naming convention, all using "twitter lite", and with the same accouHv1vcaZ2jw
all of the accounts have no header image set and are using random stock photos as their profile image.
i'm still looking at these bots so i don't want to post the data up just yet but i will later today.
After pulling the timelines for the 1600 bots here are the accounts they retweet the most:
out of the 1600 bots they seem to be randomly following popular turkish twitter accounts.
spreadsheet with the bots information and clickable urls for each bot
docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d…
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