IRA Propaganda on Twitter: Stoking Antagonism and Tweeting Local News

Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. T. (2018). IRA Propaganda on Twitter: Stoking Antagonism and Tweeting Local News. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society,

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Abstract

This paper presents preliminary findings of a content analysis of tweets posted by false accounts operated by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) in St Petersburg . We relied on a historical database of tweets to retrieve 4539 tweets posted by IRA-linked accounts in 2012-2017 and coded 2501 tweets manually . The messages cover US newsworthy events , the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in 2015, and the Brexit referendum in 2016. Tweets were annotated using 19 control variables to investigate whether IRA operations on social media are consistent with classic propaganda models. The results show that the IRA operates a composite of user account s tailored to perform specific tasks , with the lion’s share of their work focusing on US daily news activity and the diffusion of polarized news across different national contexts

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Additional Information: © Farkas, J. & Bastos, M. T. (2018). This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record is to be published in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media & Society
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19401

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