The first evidence of Russian attempts to influence the result of the general election by promoting the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has emerged in a ground-breaking investigation into social media by this newspaper.
Our research, in conjunction with Swansea University, discovered that 6,500 Russian Twitter accounts rallied behind Labour in the weeks before last year’s election, helping supportive messages to reach millions of voters and denigrating its Conservative rivals.
The article goes on to say that thousands of fake twitter accounts were set up a few weeks before the election and pretended to be female twitter users and this was just the "tip of the iceberg." The university found sixteen thousand Russian bots had been tweeting on UK politics over the last year, a huge number.
I know this has been discussed before here and some people believe that social media cannot influence how someone would vote, but if the Russians are putting so much resources into this, it must be because they believe it must have some kind of effect. Even though Corbyn wasn't elected, May did lose the conservative majority, so I wonder how much of that was down to her and how much, if at all, was down to Putin meddling in social media?