Apr 14, 2023

Twitter staff cuts leave Russian trolls unchecked

Hundreds of Russian and Chinese state propaganda accounts are thriving on Twitter after Elon Musk wiped out the team that fought these networks, the BBC has found. Now, a new group of Russian trolls is active on Twitter. Twitter hired people with backgrounds in cybersecurity, journalism, government agencies and NGOs who spoke an array of languages including Russian, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and Portuguese. As similar information operations were conducted on different platforms, Twitter employees met with their peers at Meta and other companies to exchange information. Without the team dedicated to fight coordinated campaigns, Twitter "Will slowly become more and more unsafe," says Linvill of Clemson University.

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