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Social Media Accounts Helped Stoke British Violence, Rutgers Finds

Malicious narratives played ‘essential’ role in instigating attacks in Leicester


A network of fake accounts originating both inside and outside of the UK helped to stoke violence between Muslims and Hindus in a British city earlier this year, according to research first provided to Bloomberg News.

An estimated 500 inauthentic accounts that called for violence and promoted memes as well as incendiary videos were created on Twitter Inc. during riots in Leicester between late August and early September this year, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute at Rutgers University.