The Effort to Disrupt the 2016 U.S. Election on Twitter Was ‘Carefully Planned and Coordinated’

Symantec analyzed the datasets on Russia’s IRA released by the social network last October

Cybersecurity software company Symantec took a deep dive into the datasets Twitter released last October, detailing efforts on its platform by Russia’s Internet Research Agency to interfere with the 2016 presidential election in the U.S.

Symantec researchers found that the IRA’s propaganda campaign on Twitter was not an ad-hoc response to political events in the U.S.: Instead, it was a carefully planned and coordinated operation, with some of the groundwork occurring months in advance.

In fact, the average time between the creation of accounts and the first tweets from those accounts was 177 days.

Not surprisingly, activity heated up on these accounts as the election approached.



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