'Russian tweets sowed division after attacks'

World December 18, 2017 12:33

london - Nep accounts on social media that can be associated with Russia, in the aftermath of four terrorist attacks in Great Britain, have tried to sow divisions.

Researchers from the University of Cardiff certainly discovered 47 accounts that were active after the attacks on Westminster Bridge, the Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park. Eight accounts were mainly active with 475 tweets about the four attacks, which were shared more than 153. 000 times.

The accounts attempted to increase the number of points of view in the public debate on terror, the researchers said, expressing their concern about the way in which a third party tries to exploit terrorism.

Several tweets were addressed to a former leader of the extreme right English Defense League and to Nigel Farage of the UKIP party.

'After the 2017 attacks, platforms such as Twitter and Facebook were used to spread rumors, fake news and conspiracy theories to increase the impact and damage of the incidents,' the Guardian newspaper quotes from the investigation. 'The evidence suggests that it is a systematic, strategic, political communication campaign aimed at the United Kingdom and intended to increase the public damage caused by terrorist attacks. '

At Westminster Bridge, five people were killed when a car drove on pedestrians. A bomb attack in the Manchester Arena after a concert by Ariana Grande cost the lives of 23 people. Also on London Bridge a vehicle was pedaling on pedestrians and the three passengers then ran into Borough Market and stopped people. Eight people died, just as when a car smashed people into Finsbury Park.

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