Tracking Information Warfare in the 2018 U.S. Midterm Elections

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Russians Meddling in the Midterms? Here’s the Data
Nov 06, 2018

Russians Meddling in the Midterms? Here’s the Data

They haven’t stopped trying to influence our elections. Indeed, they may be busier than ever.

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This dashboard tracks social media disinformation networks — to include suspected foreign state-actors — conducting information warfare against the American public prior to the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. These networks seek to promote social discord, sow distrust in democratic institutions, and suppress voter turnout. The dashboard reveals the topics of conversation the networks have amplified in the past 24-hours. Read more about how we uncover disinformation networks.

The below graphs illustrate topics and hashtags being amplified by Russian influence networks and by domestic right-wing disinformation networks over specific periods of time. They also emphasize the volume of traffic and website links that are most frequently being shared within those networks.

Recent analysis

Russians Meddling in the Midterms? Here’s the Data
Nov 06, 2018

Russians Meddling in the Midterms? Here’s the Data

They haven’t stopped trying to influence our elections. Indeed, they may be busier than ever.

Read More
Twitter deletes 10,000 accounts involved in a voter suppression campaign
Nov 02, 2018

Twitter deletes 10,000 accounts involved in a voter suppression campaign

Twitter announced today that they had deleted 10,000 accounts that participated in a voter suppression campaign aimed at democrats.

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Russian national charged with interfering in U.S. elections
Oct 19, 2018

Russian national charged with interfering in U.S. elections

A Russian national was charged for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election.

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Russian accounts are targeting Ellison and democrats
Oct 19, 2018

Russian accounts are targeting Ellison and democrats

A network of Russian accounts targeting US audiences is currently posting heavily about Keith Ellison, member of congress and deputy chair of the DNC. Why would Russia care about an in-state race in Minnesota? Here's what we're seeing...

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Takeaway's from Twitter's 2016 Data Trove
Oct 18, 2018

Takeaway's from Twitter's 2016 Data Trove

Politico interviews New Knowledge research director Renee DiResta, whose group tracks disinformation and analyzed Twitter’s latest batch of data, to get a sense of some of the key takeaways.

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Context: insights from Russia's 2016 influence operations
Oct 17, 2018

Context: insights from Russia's 2016 influence operations

Russia and Iran are engaged in disinformation campaigns aimed at US citizens. Twitter just released over 10 million tweets from over 4500 Russian and Iranian accounts engaged in influence operations dating back to 2009. We've analyzed the data. Here's what you need to know...

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