Russian Twitter Accounts Are Fueling Online Divisiveness In The U.S.

Russian accounts are fueling a debate on Twitter about NFL players protesting the national anthem.

The "New York Times" says a bipartisan public policy group has been following hundreds of Twitter accounts to track Russian efforts to create division in the U.S. It found Russian trolls working both sides of the NFL protest debate, and that the hashtags #boycottnfl and #takeaknee were both linked to Russian accounts. The researchers said over 25-percent of the 80 news stories created last week by Russian Twitter accounts had a primary theme of anti-Americanism. About 15-percent were critical of Hillary Clinton, and eleven-percent were critical of federal wiretapping in the Russian investigation. 

Twitter officials will be in Washington today to brief the Senate and House intelligence committees for their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Twitter has said in a statement that it deeply respects the integrity of the election process and will continue to strengthen its platform against bots and other forms of manipulation that violates its terms of service. 

Source: New York Times

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