Russian Twitter trolls stoking anti-Islamic sentiment in Australia, experts warn

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Researchers say Russia-linked accounts strongly back Julian Assange and try to destabilise democracy by amplifying social divisions

Russian Twitter trolls have targeted Australia’s democracy primarily through attempts to stoke anti-Islamic sentiment and have begun to advocate on behalf of Julian Assange, researchers have warned.

On Tuesday academics from the University of Canberra’s News and Media Research Centre told a parliamentary inquiry that tweets identified by Twitter as belonging to an “organised influence operation” from Russian troll-farm the Internet Research Agency were playing on fears around Islam.

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