An interesting new web site tracks 600 Twitter accounts “linked to Russian influence activities online”.
This is very interesting because while Russian efforts to spread disinformation has been well documented, until now there was no way to see what “fake news” they were trying to promote.
The site, called “Hamilton 68” after the 68th edition of Alexander Hamilton’s Federalist Papers, which discussed how to prevent foreign meddling in influence in America’s electoral process.
Right now, the top political stories being pushed by Twitter accounts associated with Russia “include 30 hostile to the Democratic Party, 14 supportive of President Trump, 2 hostile to the Republic Party establishment, and 2 targeting the U.S. Intelligence Community. Of 18 stories related to Syria, 14 attacked US actions, while 4 lauded the actions of Russia and their allies. The 9 articles targeting Robert Mueller and his investigation were uniformly hostile.”
In other words, the Russians are still supporting Trump. And in the last 30 days, the daily tweet counts have increased dramatically from 6230 tweets to 22,347.
I have to say the numbers are impressive. I don’t understand the website, nor do I think I want to right now, but I depend on you and others to do it for me, at least for the time being. You do a great job here IK and I appreciate you and this site. One of the first things I do when I get online is check in here to see what is new and usually horrible. 😉 Following the trumptroll and his followers is like being in the Twilight Zone.