Book — 1 online resource (101 pages) : color illustrations, color photographs Digital: text file; PDF.
Document purpose and overview.
Russian interference background and context.
Summary statistics: a cross platform operation.
IRA tactics. Tactic: targeting Americans. Tactic: asset development. Tactic: cross-platform brand building. Tactic: the media mirage. Tactic: Memetics. Tactic: inflecting a common message for different audiences (Syria). Tactic: narrative repitition and dispersal. Tactic: Repurposing and re-titling pages and brands. Tactic: Manipulating journalism. Tactic: amplify conspiratorial narratives. Tactic: sow literal division. Tactic: dismiss and redirect.
Upon request by the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), New Knowledge reviewed an expansive data set of social media posts and metadata provided to SSCI by Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet, plus a set of related data from additional platforms. The data sets were provided by the three primary platforms to serve as evidence for an investigation into the Internet Research Agency (IRA) influence operations. The organic post content in this data set has never previously been seen by the public. Our report quanti es and contextualizes Internet Research Agency (IRA) influence operations targeting American citizens from 2014 through 2017, and articulates the significance of this long-running and broad influence operation. It includes an overview of Russian influence operations, a collection of summary statistics, and a set of key takeaways that are then discussed in detail later in the document. The document includes links to full data visualizations, hosted online, that permit the reader to explore facets of the IRA-created manipulation ecosystem.