On April 1, the Russian government announced that it would block Twitter within the country, citing the need to protect Russian citizens from “fake news” and other harmful content. The move was widely criticized by free speech advocates, and many Russians took to Twitter to express their frustration with the decision. One popular hashtag, #Twitterrodionov, was used to share messages of defiance and support for the social media platform.
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On April 1, Russian Twitter users were surprised to see a new law enforcement officer on their timeline – one that went by the name of “Twitterrodionov.” This new “cop” was said to be cracking down on “trolling” and “fake news,” and even had a badge and Russian flag emoji next to his name to make himself look more official.
But as it turns out, Twitterrodionov was just a clever April Fool’s Day prank by Russian news agency Reuters. The fake account was created by editing the profile of real Reuters journalist Maxim Rodionov, adding the law enforcement officer image and changing the bio to read: “I track trolls and spread the truth on Twitter. If you see something suspicious, DM me.”
The prank was quickly picked up by Russian media outlets, with some even reporting that the new Twitter cop would be handing out “trolling fines” of up to 3,000 rubles (approximately $50).
While some Twitter users found the prank funny, others were not so amused. One user, @navalny, even compared the joke to the “Orwellian” reality of living in Russia, where the government is known for cracking down on dissent and free speech.
But whether you found the prank funny or not, there’s no denying that Twitterrodionov was a clever way to highlight the Russian government’s increasingly tight grip on the internet and social media.
2. Russia’s use of Twitter to influence the US election
The United States intelligence community has concluded that the Russian government used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.
Twitter has been one of the main platforms used by the Russian government to disseminate their propaganda. In fact, a Russian government-linked group called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) was found to have created thousands of fake Twitter accounts in order to spread disinformation and sow discord during the election.
Interestingly, the IRA didn’t just create fake accounts; they also purchased ads on Twitter. In fact, Twitter has acknowledged that they sold $274,100 worth of ads to the IRA during the election.
While the exact impact of the Russian government’s social media campaign is difficult to quantify, there’s no doubt that it had some effect on the election. And, given the fact that Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, it’s likely that the Russian government will continue to use it to spread their propaganda in the future.
3. How Russia used Twitter to stoke divisions in the US
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with the goal of stoking divisions in the United States. One way they did this was by using Twitter to spread disinformation and sow discord.
In April 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that Russia had used Twitter to stoke divisions in the United States. The Journal found that Russia had used Twitter to target American voters with disinformation and divisive messages.
According to the Journal, Russia’s goal was to “amplify political discord in the United States.”
To do this, Russia created Twitter accounts that impersonated American political figures and organisations. They then used these accounts to tweet out messages that would appeal to one side of the political divide or the other.
In some cases, the messages were designed to pit Americans against each other. In other cases, they were designed to undermine faith in American institutions, such as the media or the government.
The Journal found that Russia’s Twitter campaign was “highly effective” and that it reached “tens of millions” of Americans.
The Journal’s findings are backed up by a report from the U.S. intelligence community, which concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election with the goal of stoking divisions in the United States.
The intelligence community’s report noted that Russia had used social media to “amplify discord” in the United States.
Twitter has said that it is working to combat disinformation on its platform. In September 2018, Twitter announced that it had removed 2,752 accounts that were linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency.
While Twitter’s efforts are a step in the right direction, it’s clear that more needs to be done to combat Russia’s use of social media to stoke divisions in the United States.
4. Why Twitter allowed Russia to get away with it
Twitter has come under fire for allowing Russia to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election. Critics say that the social media platform did not do enough to prevent Russian hackers from using its platform to spread disinformation and sow discord.
Twitter has defended its actions, saying that it has taken steps to prevent foreign interference in elections and that it is constantly improving its security.
However, some experts say that Twitter allowed Russia to get away with its interference because the company was not transparent about its efforts to combat it.
Twitter has been criticized for not being transparent about its efforts to combat Russian interference.
The social media platform has been accused of not being forthcoming about the extent of the problem and the steps it is taking to prevent it from happening again.
This lack of transparency has led to accusations that Twitter is not doing enough to combat Russian interference.
Twitter has defended its actions, saying that it is constantly improving its security and that it has taken steps to prevent foreign interference in elections.
However, some experts say that the company’s lack of transparency has allowed Russia to get away with its interference.
5. What needs to change to stop Russia from using Twitter to interfere in elections
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in an effort to help Donald Trump win. The Kremlin has denied any involvement, but Twitter has become a key platform for Russian propaganda and disinformation.
In the wake of the 2016 election, Twitter has taken some steps to crack down on Russian-linked accounts and activity. But much more needs to be done to prevent Russia (or any other country) from using Twitter to interfere in future elections.
Here are five things that need to change:
1. Improve account verification
Twitter should do a better job of verifying the identities of users, especially those with large followings. This would help to prevent fake and malicious accounts from spreading disinformation.
2. Increase transparency around political ads
Twitter should be more transparent about the targeting of political ads. At the moment, it’s very difficult to know who is behind a particular ad, and what criteria they used to target it.
3. Crack down on bots
Twitter should do more to identify and suspend automated accounts, or “bots,” which are often used to spread disinformation.
4. Improve content moderation
Twitter needs to do a better job of moderating content, especially when it comes to sensitive topics like election interference. The company has been criticized for not taking action on certain high-profile occasions, such as when Russian-linked accounts spread false information about the Parkland shooting.
5. Increase collaboration with law enforcement
Twitter needs to do more to cooperate with law enforcement in cases of election interference. The company has been reluctant to share information in the past, but it is essential in order to identify and prosecute those responsible.