Graduate student discovers potential Russian interference in EU referendum

Wednesday 22 November

Postgraduate student Yin Yin Lu, who is reading for a DPhil in Information, Communication & Social Sciences, has been in the news with her discoveries about potential Russian interference in the EU referendum.

Through her analysis of Twitter accounts identified by the US Senate as being linked to the Kremlin, Yin has discovered that a handful of fake American users did indeed spread pro-Leave and anti-Muslim propaganda before and after the EU referendum vote. These users appeared in her dataset of 22.6 million Brexit-related tweets collected between 10 March and 13 July 2016. Her research was the subject of a Sky News article and she gave an interview to Sky News on 14 November 2017:

Yin also spoke to the Guardian about Twitter and Facebook, commenting on the likelihood of similar acitivity on Facebook and the difficulties researchers face in accessing the data.