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Twitter admits Russian interference in Brexit vote
09:34, 9 February 2018
Twitter admits Russian interference in Brexit vote

The social network found 49 accounts connected to the Russian “troll factory”

09:34, 9 February 2018

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In a House of Commons committee session that included British MPs, Twitter admitted Russian interference in the vote, as DW reports.

The media says that Twitter found 49 accounts linked to the Russian “Internet Research Agency”, also known as “troll factory”. 942 tweets about Brexit were posted from this account, and they have been retweeted 461 times and liked 637 times.

Twitter’s UK policy manager Nick Pickles said that ‘a very small number of accounts’.

‘Forty-nine such accounts were active during the referendum campaign, which represents less than 0.005% of the total number of accounts that tweeted about the referendum,’ he said.

As is known, on June 23, 2016, the British voted for exiting the EU. 52% of the voters voted in favour of this move. This is one of many instances when Russian interference is believed to have swayed the vote. Among others - the U.S. presidential election.

Related: Facebook to hand over details of Russian-backed Brexit posts

Related: Operation Brexit: How British Conservatives fell into Kremlin's trap

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