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Twitter’s ‘Russia-Iran’ troll tweet trove made public

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Image caption The data trove covers 3,800 Russia-linked accounts and 770 Iran-attributed accounts

More than 10 million tweets posted by suspected state-backed Russian and Iranian “troll farms” have been shared online by Twitter.

It has published more than 360GB of material to aid studies into how its platform has been used to try to influence the public.

The messages were posted from 2013 to 2018 and include references to the US presidential election and the UK’s EU referendum.

In total, 4,570 accounts were involved.

Early analysis by the BBC’s data journalism team indicates the word “Brexit” was mentioned in 3,789 tweets linked the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), nearly all of which were published on the day of the vote or afterwards.

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