Information Operations in Turkey: Manufacturing Resilience with Free Twitter Accounts [article]

Maya Merhi, Sarah Rajtmajer, Dongwon Lee
2021 arXiv   pre-print
Social media platforms have more recently shifted towards investigating and reporting on coordinated state-linked manipulation taking place on their sites. Following the 2016 US elections, for instance, Twitter opened their Information Operations hub where they disclose accounts participating in state-linked information operations. In June 2020, Twitter released a set of accounts linked to Turkey's ruling political party. In this work, we investigate these accounts in the aftermath of the
more » ... wn and collect still-live accounts that appear to be part of the same network. We create a taxonomy to classify these accounts, find direct sequel accounts between the Turkish takedown and our collected data, and find evidence showing that Turkish actors deliberately construct their account network to withstand large-scale shutdown.
arXiv:2110.08976v1 fatcat:2y6mgip3wndvfeuesfzpqt6hmu