418 troll accounts were identified by Twitter generating almost 38,000 hashtagged tweets, the highest of all records yet. The creation of fake accounts is tied to the growing propaganda operation of the Russians to the Americans.
Most tweets expressed support for Trump, and highlighted conspiracy theories that targeted the President’s opponents and political adversaries.
The main perpetrators are the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency, whose members were put on trial by Robert Mueller due to an election interference last February. Twitter announced on Thursday that the removal of 418 fake accounts was a necessary action to avoid
In more than 400 accounts, it generated a total of 900,000 tweets featuring hashtags such as #MAGA (the most tweeted hashtag) which indicated support for President Donald Trump. Based on records, they’ve used the hashtagged word for 38,000 times.
#ReleaseTheMemo, a social media campaign organized by allies of Trump last year also resurfaced and generated 37,583 tweets alone.
Aside from the hashtags #MAGA and #ReleaseTheMemo, the second most-tweeted topic for the Russian troll accounts was #Qanon. It was featured blatantly using the catchwords #GreatAwakening, and #FollowTheWhiteRabbit.
Qanon is a conspiracy theory which is baseless and has no shred of evidence at all. This theory started in October 2017 from a post that claims to have used the tripcode Q which later on multiplied into groups. They claimed to have access to top secret information and asserted that Trump is conspiring with the Russians and that Robert Mueller, an American lawyer, was working with them to take down a global child trafficking ring manned by celebrities as well as Democrats.
Nina Jankowicz, a fellow at the Kennan Institute focusing on Russia influence campaigns, said that Qanon’s narratives and Russian propagandas are identical. She added that Kremlin’s primary goal is to stimulate confusion and doubt among citizens and distrust the government. And, so does Qanon.
Other used hashtags pushed by the supposed troll accounts were #IslamIsTheProblem, #StopImportingIslam, and #BanShariaLaw. These were tweeted 15,000 times as a campaign to demean the Muslims.
By using the mentioned hashtags, people are drifted away from more substantial issues that needed attention. And, amplifying the conspiracy theory gave an illusion