Vladimir Putin's Russian bots did 'influence the General Election by promoting Jeremy Corbyn', investigation reveals
A study by Swansea University and The Sunday Times suggests that 6,500 Russian Twitter accounts rallied behind Labour in the weeks before last year’s election which helped supportive messages reach millions of voters.
It was also revealed that nine out of ten tweets were hostile against the Conservatives by the bots, but for Labour nine out of ten were promoting the campaign.
Academics have said that the fake accounts are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ with more investigation needed to discover the full scale of Russian involvement in British politics.
Many of the accounts are internet robots which are set up under female English names but were mass-produced to bombard members of the public with orchestrated messages.
It was found that 80% of the automated accounts had been created in the weeks before June 8 and were used at key points during the campaign.
Matt Hancock, digital and culture secretary, last night said: “These new revelations are extremely concerning. It is absolutely unacceptable.”
Russia has already been accused of using such tactics to back President Donald Trump in the 2016 American election.
However this is the first time that it has been documented in the 2017 general election, in which Corbyn had an extraordinary success and defied all predictions.
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