Russian trolls twittered about vaccination

Russian trolls twittered about vaccination

World August 24, 2018 13:00

washington - Russian Twitter accounts have attempted to raise unrest in more ways. That is what American scientists say. The accounts would also have written about vaccinations. The researchers from three prestigious American universities write about it in the American Journal of Public Health.

The so-called trolls did not pick one side, but sent insults to both opponents and opponents of vaccinations. They wanted to set people against each other and sow unrest. 'They use vaccination to drive a wedge between people,' the researchers write.

The researchers looked at tweets about vaccinations that were placed between 2014 and 2017. Many messages were posted by accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency, a 'troll factory' in Saint Petersburg. Some tweets said that vaccines can cause autism, contain dangerous amounts of mercury, or are part of a secret plan to suppress mankind. Other tweets attacked drug manufacturers.

But in other messages, sometimes posted by the same accounts, for example, vaccinations were required. 'You can not do anything about stupidity. Let them die at the measles ', stood in a tweet.

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