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Twitter trolls sought to sow Canada divisions on pipelines, migrants

Canada s public broadcaster said Tuesday it found in a trove of Twitter messages evidence of possible foreign actors trying to sow divisions between Canadians on pipelines, migrants and other hot-button issues. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said it identified roughly 21,600 malicious tweets targeting Canadians, mostly sent in 2017, out of 9.6 million scanned. The troll accounts -- which have since been deleted by Twitter -- are suspected of originating in Russia, Iran and Venezuela. They retweeted messages from Canadian activists, politicians and media reports highlighting opposition to pipelines after Washington approved construction of a conduit from Alberta s oil sands to US Gulf Coast refineries -- in an apparent attempt to whip up tensions between pipeline proponents and opponents. They also stoked immigration fears, disseminating strong reactions to the Quebec City mosque shooting and US President Donald Trump s travel ban on Muslim countries, as a wave of asylum ..

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