Twitter finds over 1000 new Russian-linked accounts

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The IRA is a Russian group that according to researchers and lawmakers employs large numbers of people to push content that is pro-Kremlin through phony accounts on social media.

Twitter Inc.is reviewing interference by Russians during the US election in 2016 and said Friday that it would be notifying some users whether they had been exposed to content that a suspected propaganda service from Russia had generated. Included in this total were an extra 1,062 Russian-linked accounts the company recently identified and then suspended mostly for violating its rules on spam.

Twitter is sending emails to 677,775 people in the United States - letting them know they may have retweeted, followed, or liked a propaganda account linked to the Russian government during the election.

All the suspicious accounts in question have been suspended, noted Twitter's blog post.

Twitter also found 13,512 Russian-related accounts that tweeted out 50,258 posts during the election period.

Twitter will email 677,775 users in the U.S. to let them know that they interacted with Russian propaganda during the 2016 USA presidential election. That's nearly 1 per cent of Twitter's 69 million monthly active users in the U.S. The new IRA accounts are in addition to 2,752 accounts Twitter found and disclosed a year ago.

Ahead of Congressional hearings in October, Twitter initially said it had found roughly 2,700 accounts affiliated with the election interference. And Google disclosed for the first time that it had found 1,108 videos with 43hours of content related to the Russian effort on YouTube.

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Jack Langer, a spokesman for Nunes, did not respond directly to a request for comment on the Russian-linked internet activity surrounding the memo.

Twitter provided examples of IRA content that circulated on the platform.

Albright said during a recent study he identified 3,746 tweets he said were from IRA-linked accounts that were still live on the service.

In a blog post published Friday, Twitter said those accounts represented about 0.016% of the total subscribers on the platform at the time, but it emphasized the seriousness of the findings.

"The only conclusion you can draw right now is that certain Russian accounts that have previously been associated with pushing anti-American narratives are also pushing this narrative and pushing it effectively", said Maddox, an adjunct professor of national security at George Mason University.

"We have developed new techniques for identifying malicious automation (such as near-instantaneous replies to tweets, non-random Tweet timing, and coordinated engagement)", the company said.

For the upcoming 2018 election, the company is verifying the Twitter accounts of all major party candidates for statewide and federal offices as a way to hinder account impersonation.

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