Mapping the Russian Internet Troll Network on Twitter using a Predictive Model

Ori Swed, Sachith Eranga Dassanayaka Mudiyanselage, Dimitri Volchenkov

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Abstract

Russian Internet Trolls use fake personas to spread disinformation through multiple social media streams. Given the increased frequency of this threat across social media platforms, understanding those operations is paramount in combating their influence. Building on existing scholarship on the inner functions within influence networks on social media, we suggest a new approach to map those types of operations. Using Twitter content identified as part of the Russian influence network, we created a predictive model to map the network operations. We classify accounts type based on their authenticity function for a sub-sample of accounts by introducing logical categories and training a predictive model to identify similar behavior patterns across the network. Our model attains 88\% prediction accuracy for the test set. Validation is done by comparing the similarities with the 3 million Russian troll tweets dataset. The result indicates a 90.7\% similarity between the two datasets. Furthe
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
JournalJournal of Vibration Testing and System Dynamics
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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