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Russian bots retweeted Trump 10 times more than Hillary before US election

Twitter said at least 50,000 Russia-linked bots retweeted Donald Trump 10 times more than they retweeted Hillary Clinton

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] 

Donald Trump
Donald Trump US President, to the media on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on Saturday

has made a startling revelation in connection with Russia's alleged involvement in 2016

The firm said at least 50,000 Russia-linked automated accounts, or bots, retweeted then-candidate 10 times more than they retweeted his rival during the final leg of the campaigning.

According to, the company told the Senate that it had traced 50,000 automated accounts to and they had sent more than 2 million election-related tweets between September 1 and November 15, 2016.

These 50,000 accounts are in addition to 3,814 accounts operated by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian government-linked group.

However, the firm, in its written statement, also said the same accounts represented "a very small fraction of overall activity" and the 2.1 million tweets sent by the bots represented only 1% of election-related tweets on its platform.

It is pertinent to note here that the Twitter has not been able to identify all the accounts created on its platform yet, since 12% of them hide their location using

First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 14:02 IST