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Russian bots attempted to interfere in German elections

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Russian bots attempted to interfere in German elections

Amplification the messages during the weekend and connected to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party suggested that the campaign was either conducted by AfD supporters or paid by them. The social media accounts used to distribute messages had links to Russia, Politico reported.

According to the Times of Israel, particularly social media accounts connected to Sputnik, Russian government-controlled news agency, were supporting the AfD.

The botnet campaign seems to have started only two days before the elections, as previously there were only isolated attempts at interference, Reuters reported.

Previously Germany approved a new law that would force social media companies to remove hateful speech within 24 hours of being posted, or face substantial fines. The new law will go into force in October – however concerns specifcally hate speech, not orchestrated political campaigns by foreign actors. 

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Teemu Henriksson

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2017-09-25 12:00

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