Twitter Alerts Nearly 680,000 Users They May Have Been Duped by Russian Accounts

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Twitter admitted on Friday evening that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin—and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that “followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a tweet from these accounts during the election period.”

In a blog post, Twitter also disclosed that it had discovered an additional 1,062 accounts “associated with” the Internet Research Agency, a suspected Russian front operation, bringing the total number of such IRA-linked accounts to 3,814. Combined with the increased number of identified bots, that’s a huge step up from estimates of suspected Russian trolls and propaganda accounts listed in…

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