UK think-tank Demos blames Islamophobia on Russian twitter trolls – maybe

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UK Twitter users divided over Islam may have fallen victim to Russian trolls, according to a research group which analyzed over 9 million tweets. A report released Thursday by the UK’s cross-party Demos think tank shows that a St. Petersburg “troll farm” tweeted far more about Islam than Brexit, reports Bloomberg. Using a Twitter-provided data set of 3,841 blocked accounts said to be linked to the Internet Research Agency, the study shows how accounts “camouflaged” themselves after their creation in 2011 by tweeting innocuous things about exercise and fitness in order to appear genuine, before becoming politically active to divide people. Demos adds as a caveat that they are “dependent on Twitter’s determination that these are indeed Russian state-operated accounts.”

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