Russian Bots Flood Twitter With Pro-Gun Messages After Florida Shooting: Report


A day after the deadly school shooting in South Florida, Twitter saw a spike in tweets about gun violence from Russian-linked accounts.

Hamilton 68, a website that tracks Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence campaigns, identified trending hashtags and topics on Thursday, including Parkland, guncontrolnow, Florida and guncontrol, as well as Nikolas – the name of the accused shooter – Wired reported.

According to Wired, some bot operators create hashtags and push them until their picked up by human users. Other bots seize on hashtags already in use to try to hijack the conversation.

Read more at The Hill.




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