April 16, 2018  |  Updated April 26, 2018

#TrollTracker: 2000% More Russian Trolls on Syria Strikes?

By Ben Nimmo
Social media traffic on #SyriaStrikes from 8am ET on April 13 to 8am ET on April 14. (Source: Sysomos)

On April 14, Pentagon Chief Spokeswoman Dana W. White told journalists that there had been “a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours.”

@DFRLab analyzed social media traffic around the Syrian air campaign, to verify whether a 2,000 percent increase in Russian troll activity could be identified.

We found that traffic on the Department of Defense (DoD) Twitter and Facebook accounts did surge in the 24-hour period directly after strikes, and that a number of pro-Kremlin or Russian troll accounts were active, but that the evidence does not confirm an overall 2,000 percent increase in Russian troll activity.

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