‘We know what you’re doing, ‘ Theresa May tells Russia- video
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson implored Theresa May to” generate political persuade to bear on tech monstrous to disclose the extent to which their programmes ought to have hijacked, and to take measures against agents of the Russian position who use their pulpits to spread misinformation and untruths “.
He said tech companionships including Twitter and Facebook” haven’t done enough to identify and weed out the bogus sketches and automated content that pose a direct threat to our democracy “.
On Monday, May gave a speech in which she said Russia’s activities were” peril the international order on which we all depend “.
She accused Russia of intruding in elections and seeding phony stories in the media to” weaponise info” and sow discord in the west.
Concerns about Russia’s cyber-operations have also been raised elsewhere in Europe.
Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, claimed on Monday that half of the Twitter histories that enlarged the question of Catalan independence were registered for use in Russia and 30% in Venezuela.
Others have enunciated applies that Russian social media accountings also sought to influence this year’s French and German elections.
A spokesperson for Twitter said the company” recognises that the coherence of the election process itself is integral to the health of a democracy. As such, we will continue to support formal investigations conducted by government authorities into election interference as required .”
The Russian tweets identified by Twitter as coming from the IRA included one by an report owner exercising the epithet @SouthLoneStar.
He reportedly said:” I hope UK after #BrexitVote is just beginning to scavenge their property from muslim takeover !” and” UK voted to leave future European Caliphate! #BrexitVote .”
The same accounting announced a widely shared tweet at the time of the March terror attack on Westminster Bridge in London.
It affixed a photograph of the status of women in a headscarf overtaking the scene of the attack with the caption:” Muslim woman offer no brain to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying mortal while checking phone #PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam .”
The woman said afterward:” Not only have I been devastated by watching the consequences of the a sickening and numbing terrorist attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of discovering my illustrate plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my apparel, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia .”
Another deferred history appeared to be a Republican from Tennessee. @TEN_GOP excerpted Nigel Farage telling Fox News about Brexit and Donald Trump:” What you’ve seen this year is just everyday, nice people, the little parties, who’ve said’ We’ve had enough. We miss change .'”
@WadeHarriot, alleging to be a onetime is part of the US Navy, retweeted assessments of “leftists” for “trying to subvert #Brexit” and predictions of “# Brexit #Frexit #Grexit “.
Cram said the content of the Brexit tweets overall was ” relatively chaotic and it seems to be aimed at wider stoppage. There’s not an absolutely clear jab. We pick up a lot on refugees and immigration .”
She stressed that more research is needed to establish the extent of the tweets’ force, and recommended carefulnes about describing judgments from the relatively small number of troll chronicles so far distinguished. About 78% of the tweets came after the Brexit vote on 23 June 2016, she added.
Russia has been adamant it did not interfere in any way in the EU referendum.” We closely followed the voting but never encroached or sought to influence it ,” Putin said the day after the poll.
However, there is no doubt that many in Moscow appreciated expected outcomes. An EU without Britain would be less united on sanctions against Russia, countless Russian officials hoped, because it would lose one of its stronger foreign policy spokespeople and would be too spent with its own internal questions to prioritise Russia policy.
At the time, the onetime US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said the vote to leave the EU was ” a monstrous victory for Putin’s foreign policy objectives “.
The US Congressional investigation into Russian meddling through social media also assembled attest from Facebook that between June 2015 -August 2017 there were 470 accounts on the scaffold associated with the IRA and that 126 million Americans are likely to have seen content from an IRA page.
Additional reporting by Stacee Smith