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Kate Starbird
Recently, our lab published a paper “frame contests” within the and conversations on Twitter in 2016. Not surprisingly, those conversations often had a very divisive tone. [thread]
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
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For that work, we created a shared audience graph that demonstrated the underlying structure of those frame contests—and clearly demonstrated two “sides” of the political conversation. Echo chambers.
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
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When Twitter released the 1st batch of accounts related to the RU-IRA troll factories, we cross-referenced those with our & data and… some of the most active & most influential accounts ON BOTH SIDES were RU-IRA trolls.
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
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Here’s a similar graph, made from a slightly different network property (RTs rather than shared audience) that shows retweets of RU-IRA trolls (in orange). U.S. political left on the left, political right on the right.
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
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In other words, there are paid trolls sitting side by side somewhere in St. Petersburg hate-quoting each other’s troll account, helping to shape divisive attitudes in the U.S. among actual Americans who think of the other side as a caricature of itself.
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
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Twitter has an opportunity to help people understand what is happening to us - not just to the “other side” - but to our side/ourselves. To help us become aware of HOW we’re being manipulated. Just telling us we’ve interacted w/ one of these accounts misses the opportunity.
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Gina Jan 20
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Excellent information that needs brought to the attention of more Americans. Especially young users of social media who don’t understand how they are being manipulated.
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OUTLAW 09 Jan 20
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Twitter also has the responsibility to institute three way verification that defeats computer driven bots and their botnets, just as a online bank does these days, logon, password and image BUT they do not as that would eliminate 50 to 70M accts and those drive their shareholder
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OUTLAW 09 Jan 20
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into the ground if they were then eliminated and remember Russians have invested over the last few years 3B into Twitter alone
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Frank Pasquale Jan 20
It's overdetermined. I think key point here is susceptibility of even the most virtuous social movements to virtual agents provocateurs, whose worst moments r held up as representative of "their side." And how hard it is to stop propaganda based on that in
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UsHadrons Jan 20
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45 repositories for Russian social media content from US cyber space, over 10.8k pieces of content, open for public viewing, researchers, and the press. More repositories to be added, and new content for existing repositories being added daily.
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Kate Starbird Jan 20
Replying to @Gigi_MCal
I’d add ‘all ages’ here. I think this is a K-99 issue (not just K-12 or undergrad). Many of the trolls are dressed up as grandmothers, veterans, suburban moms, etc. They aren’t just targeting young people... older folks are just as, if not more, vulnerable.
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Gina Jan 20
Replying to @katestarbird
You are right. Hopefully, you & your data will get the coverage it deserves.
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LarsManwaring Jan 20
these are Rus kids who'd rather play video games or go to university but get paid well to debate using fake American avatars, to learn the vernacular & post cool graphics. It's sim & diff than the methodical talking point propaganda of rt wing radio, tv, email & social networks.
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-GEROMAN 🇸🇾 - Jan 20
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as every country is doing right now... Tell me something about the tweets in the west about Syria...
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Jeff Kemp Jan 20
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Excellent information. Thanks!
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Joan Arensman Jan 20
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This is valuable analysis, but I would also look at it from the perspective of Russia's strategic intent: weakening Clinton's candidacy. So beyond fostering left-right division only, we should see vocal support for Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein on the left. Any evidence of that?
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they call me DOCTOR ALL-CAPS Jan 20
This is a very dangerous way to frame things, I think, because it's likely to encourage more paranoia & reprisals against leftist activists over right-wing activists.
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🌊Laurie M DefendtheConstitution! Jan 20
Replying to @katestarbird
I do have a love-hate thing with Twitter. I live in the country & am unemployed so I appreciate contact.
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Len Layton Jan 20
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Shouldn’t twitter just delete all Russian accounts ? Firewall off the whole country?
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