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    Twitter now says 1.4 million people interacted with Russian trolls during 2016 presidential campaign

    Twitter has now updated the variety of individuals partaking with Russian trolls throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign to 1.four million. That’s greater than double the preliminary 677,775 Twitter originally said had seen, adopted or retweeted one in all these accounts earlier this month.

    The brand new quantity displays those that could have additionally replied to or @ talked about these accounts.

    “We’ve got expanded the variety of individuals notified about interactions with Twitter accounts probably related to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked group referred to as the Web Analysis Company,” Twitter stated within the replace. “Our purpose in offering these notifications is to advance public consciousness of and engagement with the vital points raised in our weblog submit, and supply higher transparency to our account holders and the general public.”

    Twitter additionally stated it could solely notify these individuals of sure interactions however that it could not be notifying everybody who ever noticed one in all these accounts on its platform.

    Nonetheless, Twitter additionally famous it could notify extra individuals sooner or later. “As our evaluate continues, we might also electronic mail extra customers,” Twitter stated. “If and once we accomplish that, we are going to do our greatest to maintain the general public up to date.”

    The entire variety of Russian-linked troll accounts, as we reported earlier in January, is over 50,000, of which three,800 have been considered from the Web Analysis Company (IRA).

    The IRA is a Russian firm with Kremlin ties that has been uncovered as organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns within the U.S. and elsewhere — together with attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election.

    The information furthers the notion that social media platforms like Twitter and Fb, which has acknowledged its personal Russian troll military issues throughout the election, don’t make sufficient of an effort to shutter disinformation campaigns which have contributed to swaying the voting public.

    Additional — and regardless of a promise of extra transparency — the notification appears to have added to the confusion. Ars Technica’s Cyrus Farivar, who was despatched one of many notification emails, lamented that Twitter didn’t title names. “What precisely am I imagined to do with this electronic mail?,” Farivar requested.

    Right here’s the full update from Twitter’s weblog:

    Up to date on January 31, 2018

    We’ve got expanded the variety of individuals notified about interactions with Twitter accounts probably related to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked group referred to as the Web Analysis Company. Our discover efforts are targeted on sure sorts of interactions, and they won’t embody each person who ever noticed this content material. Our purpose in offering these notifications is to advance public consciousness of and engagement with the vital points raised in our weblog submit, and supply higher transparency to our account holders and the general public.

    We’ve got now despatched notices to Twitter customers with an lively electronic mail deal with who our data point out are based mostly within the US and fall into at the least one of many following classes:

    • Individuals who straight engaged throughout the election interval with the three,814 IRA-linked accounts we recognized, both by Retweeting, quoting, replying to, mentioning, or liking these accounts or content material created by these accounts;
    • Individuals who have been actively following one of many recognized IRA-linked accounts on the time these accounts have been suspended; and
    • Individuals who choose out of receiving most electronic mail updates from Twitter and wouldn’t have obtained our preliminary discover based mostly on their electronic mail settings.

    Roughly 1.four million individuals have now obtained a notification from Twitter. We might be sending a brief survey to a small group of people that obtained our notification to achieve suggestions on this course of. As our evaluate continues, we might also electronic mail extra customers. If and once we accomplish that, we are going to do our greatest to maintain the general public up to date.

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