How to Recognize Russian Propaganda on Social Media
If you look at
This sudden, aggressive, and unified social media response ("What about Antifa? What about BLM? ") seems suspicious, like there's been some kind of unseen microphone amplifying certain far-right themes in online conversations.
Well, there has: According to Isaac Arnsdorf, writing for
, the same Russian bots that flooded social networks with Russian propaganda during the 2016
If you feel like you're seeing a term or a theme pop up in online discussions that suddenly amplifies certain "talking points," like, say, the false equivalency between Nazis and anti-fascists, check out Hamilton 68 , a new dashboard that tracks Russian influence on Twitter. The dashboard, a tool created by Securing Democracy (an organization launched by national security figures to counter Russian "mischief "), follows and analyzes 600 accounts associated with Russian influence campaigns.
You can see top hashtags, trending hashtags, and trending topics, as well as top domains and trending domains, on these Russia-linked influence networks. The dashboard is "designed to shed light on Russian propaganda efforts on Twitter in near-real time."
Antifa's right up there, isn't it? So the next time you feel like there's been an abrupt change of conversation in favor of some crazy right-wing talking point, check out the dashboard. And follow Securing Democracy on Twitter .