Cheburashka, Soros, Hillary’s Fly: Dispatches from the June 2020 Twitter Inauthentic Activity Takedown (TAKEDOWN)
On June 11, 2020, Twitter announced the takedown of 1,152 accounts engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, attributing the activity to actors affiliated with Current Policy. These 1,152 accounts represented several clusters of activity pursuing various political, commercial, and promotional aims. The politically engaged accounts, which revolved around the @Current_policy account, were primarily engaged in publishing pro-Kremlin, anti-opposition, and anti-Western content. The largest and most popular accounts in this takedown, however, appeared to be tied to twishop.ru, a website that sold retweets and tweeted links.