By Ben Popken
NBC news has compiled a database of 200,000 tweets that Twitter identified as “malicious activity” from Russian trolls in the run up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
These accounts, working in concert as part of large networks, pushed hundreds of thousands of inflammatory tweets, from fictitious tales of Democrats practicing witchcraft to hardline posts from users masquerading as Black Lives Matter activists. Investigators have traced the accounts to a Kremlin-linked propaganda outfit founded in 2013 known as the Internet Research Association (IRA). The organization has been assessed by the U.S. Intelligence Community to be part of a Russian state-run effort to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential race. And they’re not done.
“There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.
GET THE DATA:
- Regular reader? Download streamlined spreadsheet (29 mb) with just usernames, tweet and timestamps. We recommend you right click on links and select “save link as” or similar, otherwise it may take a long time to load in your browser.
- View full data for ten influential accounts in Google Sheets
- Researcher? Download tweets.csv (50 mb) and users.csv with full underlying data
- Explore a graph database in Neo4j
For help getting started with the graph database prepared by our partners at Neo4j’s Data Journalism Accelerator program, whose software powered the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers investigations, read this.
To recreate a link to an individual tweet found in the spreadsheet, replace “user_key” in https://twitter.com/user_key/status/tweet_id with the screenname from the “user_key” field and “tweet_id” with the number in the “tweet_id” field.
Following the links will lead to a suspended page on Twitter. But some copies of the tweets as they originally appeared, including images, can be found by entering the links on webcaches like archive.org and archive.is.
Image: Bradley Davis/Twitter, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)
This article (Here are the 200,000 Russian troll tweets deleted by Twitter) was originally published on Boing Boing and syndicated by The Event Chronicle. Via Blacklisted News.