Russian internet trolls interfered with pre-Brexit election campaign

18:45, 17 November 2017

Russian internet provocateurs appear to have interfered with the election campaign, which took before the UK referendum on Brexit. This is mentioned in the survey released by Berkeley University in the U.S. and Swansea University in the U.K.

Authors found dozens of thousands of accounts in social networks, where users either urged the UK to leave the EU or ignited political and interracial conflicts. Two days before the referendum in June 2016, the users registered in Russia published almost 45,000 posts related to Brexit, most of them supporting this initiative. Most of the provocateurs stepped down immediately after the referendum took place.

The British Parliament showed interest in the survey and began its own investigation into the Russian interference with Brexit campaign.