In a statement published online, the US -based company said that most of the tweets came from 3,841 accounts affiliated with the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency based in St. Petersburg, which has been linked to a series of online operations, including hacking the 2016 USA election.
The social media network said the tweets came from 3,841 accounts affiliated with Russia's Internet Research Agency, and 770 other accounts, "potentially" originating in Iran.
"We're releasing substantially more information about them to enable independent academic research and investigation", he said. IRA allegedly ran information campaigns on several social media platforms to undermine the political process in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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The tweets, videos, and images were done by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked troll farm.
"The IRA and the Iranian operation covered in Twitter's data today are only the tip of the iceberg for foreign manipulation of social media", said Francois. The accounts, such as "Atlanta Online", "Baltimore Online", "Baton Rouge Voice", "Chicago Daily News", and "Dallas Top News" would also include tweet-length news headlines with no link, the report said. Similar accounts with suspected Iranian ties cloaked their efforts as French, Croatian and Spanish reporters.
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"Content spread from the troll farm accounts was created to capitalize on, and corrupt, genuine political activism. These types of tactics have been around for far longer than Twitter has existed - they will adapt and change as the geopolitical terrain evolves worldwide and as new technologies emerge", the social media giant added. Numerous accounts were created to look like they were run by real Americans.
The Russian-linked accounts Tweeted out the phrase "Brexit" more than 4,400 times during its period of activity, although mostly after the referendum had taken place.
The tweets made public by Twitter either insult or praise certain election candidates, activists and other influential targets or topics with charged rhetoric.
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