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Title: How Russian Twitter trolls worked to deflect bad news around Trump's campaign
Source: Chicago Tribune
URL Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ ... tter-trump-20171109-story.html
Published: Nov 10, 2017
Author: Ryan Nakashima and Barbara Ortutay
Post Date: 2017-11-10 09:56:20 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 79
Comments: 10

Disguised Russian agents on Twitter rushed to deflect scandalous news about Donald Trump just before last year's presidential election while straining to refocus criticism on the mainstream media and Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to an Associated Press analysis of since-deleted accounts.

Tweets by Russia-backed accounts such as "America_1st_" and "BatonRougeVoice" on Oct. 7, 2016, actively pivoted away from news of an audio recording in which Trump made crude comments about groping women, and instead touted damaging emails hacked from Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta.

Since early this year, the extent of Russian intrusion to help Trump and hurt Clinton in the election has been the subject of both congressional scrutiny and a criminal investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. In particular, those investigations are looking into the possibility of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

AP's analysis illuminates the obvious strategy behind the Russian cyber meddling: swiftly react, distort and distract attention from any negative Trump news.

The AP examined 36,210 tweets from Aug. 31, 2015, to Nov. 10, 2016, posted by 382 of the Russian accounts that Twitter shared with congressional investigators last week. Twitter deactivated the accounts, deleting the tweets and making them inaccessible on the internet. But a limited selection of the accounts' Twitter activity was retrieved by matching account handles against an archive obtained by AP.

"MSM (the mainstream media) is at it again with Billy Bush recording ... What about telling Americans how Hillary defended a rapist and later laughed at his victim?" tweeted the America_1st— account, which had 25,045 followers at its peak, according to metadata in the archive. The tweet went out the afternoon of Oct. 7, just hours after The Washington Post broke the story about Trump's comments to Bush, then host of "Access Hollywood," about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women, saying, "when you're a star, they let you do it."

Within an hour of the Post's story, WikiLeaks unleashed its own bombshell about hacked email from Podesta's account, a release the Russian accounts had been foreshadowing for days.

"WikiLeaks' Assange signals release of documents before U.S. election," tweeted both "SpecialAffair" and "ScreamyMonkey" within a second of each other on Oct. 4. "SpecialAffair," an account describing itself as a "Political junkie in action," had 11,255 followers at the time. "ScreamyMonkey," self-described as a "First frontier.News aggregator," had 13,224. Both accounts were created within three days of each other in late December 2014.

Twitter handed over the handles of 2,752 accounts it identified as coming from Russia's Internet Research Agency to congressional investigators ahead of the social media giant's Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 appearances on Capitol Hill. It said 9 percent of the tweets were election-related but didn't make the tweets themselves public.

That makes the archive the AP obtained the most comprehensive historical picture so far of Russian activity on Twitter in the crucial run-up to the Nov. 8, 2016, vote. Twitter policy requires developers who archive its material to delete tweets from suspended accounts as soon as reasonably possible, unless doing so would violate the law or Twitter grants an exception. It's possible the existence of the deleted tweets in the archive obtained by the AP runs afoul of those rules.

The Russian accounts didn't just spring into action at the last minute. They were similarly active at earlier points in the campaign.

When Trump reversed himself on a lie about Barack Obama's birthplace on Sept. 17, declaring abruptly that Obama "was born in the United States, period," several Russian accounts chimed in to echo Trump's subsequent false claim that it was Clinton who had started the birther controversy.

Others continued to push birther narratives. The Russian account TEN_GOP, which many mistook for the official account of the Tennessee Republican Party, linked to a video that claimed that Obama "admits he was born in Kenya." But the Russian accounts weren't in lockstep. The handle "hyddrox" retweeted a post by the anti-Trump billionaire Mark Cuban that the "MSM (mainstream media) is being suckered into chasing birther stories."

On Sept. 15, Clinton returned to the campaign trail following a bout with pneumonia that caused her to stumble at a 9/11 memorial service. The Russian account "Pamela_Moore13" noted that her intro music was "I Feel Good" by James Brown — then observed that "James Brown died of pneumonia," a line that was repeated at least 11 times by Russian accounts, including by "Jenn_Abrams," which had 59,868 followers at the time.

According to several obituaries, Brown died of congestive heart failure related to pneumonia.

Racial discord also figured prominently in the tweets, just as it did with many of the ads Russian trolls had purchased on Facebook in the months leading up to and following the election. One Russian account, "Blacks4DTrump," tweeted a Trump quote on Sept. 16 in which he declared "it is the Democratic party that is the party of slavery, the party of Jim Crow & the party of opposition."

TEN_GOP, meanwhile, asked followers to "SPREAD the msg of black pastor explaining why African-Americans should vote Donald Trump!"

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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

Sounds like the Russians did yeoman's work to keep the Democrat media and Hillary Clinton's corrupt machine from stealing the US election. Kudos to the Russians for helping us get to the right result.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-11-10   10:32:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

Sounds like the Russians did yeoman's work to keep the Democrat media and Hillary Clinton's corrupt machine from stealing the US election. Kudos to the Russians for helping us get to the right result.

Amen!

That appears to resemble the REAL truth instead of Choo-Choo Willie's same ol' propaganda from the MSM-DNC-SWAMP Creatures.

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Liberator  posted on  2017-11-10   11:32:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

Thanks Vlad!

#MOREMAGA2020!

VxH  posted on  2017-11-10   12:23:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: All (#1)

I don't really think the Russians did any of that. But if they did and it worked, good.

Vicomte13  posted on  2017-11-10   12:34:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Vicomte13 (#4)

I don't really think the Russians did any of that.

Hilary did it. She made Trump the president.

A Pole  posted on  2017-11-10   12:51:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Willie Green (#0)

It would appear that the Russians have been beneficial in keeping the lunatic Hillary and her screeching minions out of the White House.

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2017-11-10   16:47:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Vicomte13 (#1)

Indeed. That's why they are such sore losers.

redleghunter  posted on  2017-11-10   21:02:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Liberator (#2)

The swamp creatures are in full crisis mode these days.

redleghunter  posted on  2017-11-10   21:03:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: redleghunter (#8)

The swamp creatures are in full crisis mode these days.

Going Scorched Earth it seems.

Rhetorical Q: Do we have a sufficient number of patriots to repel it?

Those who most loudly denounce Fake News are typically those most aggressively disseminating it.

Liberator  posted on  2017-11-11   12:12:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Willie Green (#0) (Edited)

Now come on. Again with the negative vives. Donald has said he believes Vlad when he says didn't interfer and you should to, afterall he has more credibility than Donald and he has said it more than once

paraclete  posted on  2017-11-11   19:00:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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