Russian Twitter bots tried to swing the UK election for Corbyn, investigation claims

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  • Russia attempted to influence the UK’s 2017 General Election, an investigation by The Sunday Times states.
  • The investigation made in conjunction with Swansea University found 6,500 Twitter accounts run by bots masquerading as English women.
  • 80% of the automated accounts were set up during the weeks before the snap election.
  • The accounts tweeted overwhelmingly in support of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and were hostile towards Prime Minister Theresa May.

An investigation by The Sunday Times reports that Russia attempted to influence the result of last year’s general election through the use of Twitter bots.

The investigation, which was made in conjunction with Swansea University, found that 6,500 fake Twitter accounts had been tweeting messages of support for Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn in the run-up to the election.

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