Twitter has identified 2,752 accounts as being linked to the Kremlin.In November, Congress released the list of account names.Related: Russian Twitter trolls stoked voter fraud fear before election When it came to tweets sent in real-time during the debate, popular Tennessee Republican party impostor account @TEN_GOP took charge, sending the majority of the original tweets.
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The trolls alternately said the debate was rigged, or a total win for Trump. 19, 2016, the morning of the final debate, the Russian troll account "World Of Hashtags" kicked off a new online conversation."The last presidential #debate starts soon.
But the trolls did speak in a chorus when it came to one hashtag. So let's discuss #Rejected Debate Topics," the troll wrote.
While no single tweet from a fake account threw the race, the matrix of Russian troll activity reveals the shape of a sophisticated, researched and targeted effort by a foreign adversary to subvert the conversations and opinions of Americans as they chose their next president."Thinking about this in a binary of 'did it cause someone to change their vote?
' is overly narrow," said Laura Rosenberger, director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
The top hashtags were the generic #politics, followed by #maga, #Trump, #news, and #Never Hillary."Some of the trolls participated in trending hashtags by inserting entirely appropriate content, perhaps as a way of getting their screen names in front of other people and gain a following," said David Allen, an analyst at software company Neo4j who assisted NBC News with analyzing the database."Others would try to 'hijack' a hashtag," inserting disruptive content into a trending topic, "or draw a non-political hashtag into a discussion of politics," he said.
Related: Russian trolls duped nearly 40 celebrities Troll activity spiked again during the final presidential debate, rehashing conspiracy theories and retweeting divisive content.
The deal was set up by Hillary when she was sec of state #debate #debatenight"TEN_GOP: "Donald Trump's ending was perfect! #Debate"Those tweets got thousands of retweets, likes and user comments.
The account also directly tweeted compliments to Trump during the debates."@real Donald Trump Can't wait to see you in the WH," tweeted the Russian troll an hour before the debate began.
"It's about influence over time."According to the dataset, Russian twitter troll volume increased significantly on July 21, two days after Trump became the official Republican nominee, and continued at the same intensity or higher for the rest of the year.