New U.S. Website Aims To Track Russian ‘Disinformation’ On Twitter
(Article ©2017 RFE/RL, Inc., Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – rferl.org – Aug. 3, 2017 – also appeared at rferl.org/a/us-pro-democracy-group-german-marshall-fund-launches-website-tracking-russian-disinformation-twitter/28656024.html)
WASHINGTON — A pro-democracy group has launched a new website to monitor and highlight what it says is Russian-backed disinformation on Twitter.
The site, called Hamilton 68, which was launched on August 2, is a project of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, housed at the German Marshall Fund. [http://dashboard.securingdemocracy.org/]
Twitter said it was not involved in the effort.
U.S intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow engaged in a hacking-and-propaganda effort to try to sway last year’s U.S. presidential campaign.
Their report in January prompted a number of private and public projects to try and identify fake Facebook accounts and Twitter feeds that are deliberately spreading misinformation.
The name for the new website is taken from a famous essay authored in 1788 by Alexander Hamilton, who later became the first U.S. treasury secretary. Essay 68 discussed “protecting America’s electoral process from foreign meddling.”
The Washington D.C.-headquartered German Marshall Fund is a policy think tank funded by money from the U.S. and German governments as well as private donors.