The charts and graphs here display hashtags, topics and URLs promoted by Russia-linked influence networks on Twitter. Content is not necessarily produced or created by Russian government operatives, although that is sometimes the case. Instead, the network often opportunistically amplifies content created by third parties not directly linked to Russia. Common themes for amplification include content attacking the U.S. and Europe, conspiracy theories and disinformation. Russian influence operations also frequently promote extremism and divisive politics in Western countries. Just because the Russia-aligned network monitored here tweets something, that doesn’t mean everyone who tweets the same content is aligned with Russia. For a detailed discussion of this dashboard’s methodology,
Updated on February 7, 4:53 PM
Between January 14 and January 31, we examined 159 unique articles that were among the top URLs shared by Kremlin-oriented accounts on Twitter. “Deep state” narratives and attacks against the FBI, DOJ, and Mueller investigation accounted for 31% of the top URLs linked-to by the network. Half of those articles (24 in total) focused on the release of the FISA memo—a topic that was particularly prominent towards the end of January. As with past weeks, the most popular individual target was Hillary Clinton (11% of reviewed URLs). Other notable targets of attacks were Andrew McCabe (5%), Lindsey Graham (2%), and Jay-Z (2%). Anti-immigration was another notable theme (10% of all URLs), with most of those articles highlighting crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the United States or migrants/refugees in Europe. Europe was the focus of 5% of the examined URLs; all of those URLs were coded as promoting anti-migrant or anti-Islamic narratives (and usually both). Overtly pro-Russian or pro-Putin content accounted for 5% of the top URLs. Syria and Ukraine were featured in 3% and 2% of the examined URLs respectively.
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