Russian tweets on Brexit were minimal, study shows
The project’s latest research was featured in the Financial Times.
More than 100 Russia-linked Twitter accounts published posts about Brexit in the run-up to the UK referendum, according to independent research which adds to pressure on the messaging platform to publish its own analysis. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford university, sought to counter concerns from British politicians that the referendum may have been manipulated by Russian disinformation, stressing that the number of accounts it had found was not significant. The Oxford Internet Institute found that 105 accounts tweeted almost 16,000 times in two separate weeks ahead of the 2016 vote, but it is not known how many people saw these tweets. This is far smaller than the 2,752 accounts thought to have been used to target political issues around the US election.
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