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Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000
From TechCrunch - January 19, 2018

Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitters data in the fall) were associated with the now-notorious Internet Research Agency.

Still, Twitter denied that these accounts were a significant problem:

The results of this supplemental analysis are consistent with the results of our previous work: automated election-related content associated with Russian signals represented a very small fraction of the overall activity on Twitter in the ten-week period preceding the 2016 election.

As if to demonstrate the different scales at work here, the Twitter blog post then changed topics to its efforts to block bots and suspicious activity platform-wide.

For reference, those 3,800 IRA bots tweeted about 176,000 times during that 10-week period, of which less than 15,000 were election-related. And 677,775 people saw, followed or retweeted one of these accounts during that same period, and are being notified.

But in a way thats just a drop in the bucket.

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