A Look At The Efforts To Monitor A Network Of Twitter Accounts Tied To Russia

July 17, 2018
Media and Digital Disinformation Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy
Following the Trump-Putin summit, NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks to Bret Schafer, a social media analyst at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, about which hashtags and links are trending among Russia-linked Twitter accounts.


The Russian campaign to influence Americans did not end with the 2016 elections. A network of social media accounts with ties to Russia constantly posts and retweets information from a Kremlin-friendly point of view. A group called the Alliance for Securing Democracy tracks about 600 of those Twitter accounts. The group’s dashboard lets people monitor what those users are talking about. And Bret Schafer is the organization’s social media analyst.