Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows
Researchers discover that accounts run from troll farm in St Petersburg tried to sow discord between Britons
Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) attempting to influence UK politics out of 2,752 accounts suspended by Twitter in the US.
One of the accounts run from the Kremlin-linked operation attempted to stir anti-Islamic sentiment during the Westminster Bridge terror attack in March in a bogus post claiming a Muslim woman ignored victims a claim that was highlighted by mainstream media outlets including Mail Online and the Sun.
For days after, the tweeter was gleefully sharing press clippings. Wow Im on the Daily Mail front page! Thank you British libs! Youre making me famous, he said, referring to an article that appeared on Mail Online and which still bore the tweet at the time of writing.
'We know what you’re doing,' Theresa May tells Russia
Theresa May says on Monday the government would maintain its commitment to protecting Europe after Brexit as she accused Russia of military aggression in Ukraine and meddling in elections. Speaking at the Guildhall in central London, the prime minister said Moscow was trying to 'weaponise information' to sow discord in the west but warned it would not succeed
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