Russia: Fake Twitter accounts used to influence UK politics surrounding Brexit

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University of Edinburgh researchers have found 419 fake accounts which operate from the Russian Internet Research Agency that have attempted to influence UK politics. Within the timeline leading up to the referendum, Russian government troll accounts had widely posted about Brexit.

At the IRA, hundreds of employed bloggers work constantly to extensively post in social networks, comments sections and forums to sow fake news and praise Putin.

Twitter has suspended all accounts in the US. The various accounts include people posing as a US navy veteran, a Texan patriot and a Republican from Tennessee who all tweeted in favour of the UK leaving the EU.

With regards to Brexit itself, Tory rebels have declared that they will ignore the “threats” and vote against the fixed Brexit deadline of 29th March 2019. On the other hand, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has won the first five votes on an bill for exiting the EU but still has a long way to go.