Russian bots behind '4,000% rise' in spread of lies after Salisbury and Syria attacks
1:30 PM - 20 Apr 2018
Russian bots behind '4,000% rise' in spread of lies after Salisbury and Syria attacks - Govt analysis
Theresa May says "Kremlin inspired" accounts posting lies are "part of a wider effort to undermine the international system".
Online activity by Russian bots, trolls and automated accounts has increased by 4,000% in the days and weeks following the Salisbury poisoning and suspected chemical attack in Syria.
Government analysis has identified "Kremlin inspired" accounts that have repeatedly posted messages to "spread disinformation and distort the truth" - described by Prime Minister Theresa May as "part of a wider effort to undermine the international system".
One Twitter account identified by the UK Government as being a Russian bot, @Partisangirl, posted more than 2,300 tweets in less than a fortnight - an average of 200 posts a day.
It's estimated those tweets reached around 62 million people.