🏠 Reconstructed based on unformatted data provided by Twitter.

About SuspiciousTweets

Following the foreign influence campaigns that impacted the US 2016 Elections, social media sites began to crack down on fraudulent accounts. Many of these influence accounts impersonate people and organizations.

On 17-October-2018, Twitter released raw data related to two of these foreign influence campaigns: Russia's "Internet Research Agency" (IRA) and a separate campaign from Iran. These campaigns are denoted in the data as "IRA" and "Iran".

The raw data released by Twitter is publicly available and intended for researchers. However, the raw data does not "look" like tweets. Instead, it is a collection of comma separated values (CSV) files and raw media (pictures, videos, etc.). This web site reconstructs the tweets based on the raw data, allowing researchers and curious observers to dig through the data.


Here are some sample searches that you can use as a starting point:

Most account names are redacted. This shows the account name, date the account was created, date of the account's first tweet, and the elapsed time between creation and first tweet.

Accounts with at least 5,000 followers are popular enough to not be redacted. This shows the most popular accounts.

Some IRA and Iran accounts claimed to be news outlets to give their biases more credibility.

Some IRA and Iran accounts claimed to be journalists to give their biases more credibility.

When were the accounts created?

When were the tweets posted? This shows the number of tweets per day in the data, allowing you to drill down into specific dates, accounts, and tweets.

If you still don't know where to start, take a look at some of the research examples.



The raw Twitter data came from Twitter. This tweet recreation and analysis web site was created by Hacker Factor, with assistance and hosting provided by the Internet Archive and Archive Labs. The analysis of this data is open source under a WTFPL license. Get the source code at https://github.com/ArchiveLabs/suspicious-tweets. The raw data is available from Twitter or from the Internet Archive's mirror: https://archive.org/details/twittersdataarchive.