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Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

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Researchers discover that accounts run from troll farm in St Petersburg tried to sow discord between Britons Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts about Brexit. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) attempting to influence UK politics out of 2,752 accounts suspended by Twitter in the US. One of the accounts run from the Kremlin-linked operation attempted to stir anti-Islamic sentiment during the Westminster Bridge terror attack in […]

Jail for a joke: student’s case puts free speech under spotlight in Spain

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Cassandra Vera got suspended sentence for tweets about Franco-era killing in ruling her supporters say will have chilling effect On 20 December 1973, the Spanish prime minister was sentenced to a year in prison for joking about it in tweeted. If that lands you in the Audiencia Nacional, then let them take me there along with Cassandra. Pablo Iglesias has come to Veras defence. Photograph: Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Images Vera, who studies history at Murcia University, argues that she had no intention of praising terrorists or belittling their victims. It was a joke nothing more than that, she told […]
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