Russian bots flock to Laura Ingraham feud with Parkland student: report

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Russian bots on Twitter appear to be latching on to the feud between Fox News host Laura Ingraham and Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor David Hogg.

Hamilton 68, a website that tracks Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence campaigns, found that the use of the hashtag #IstandwithLaura spiked 2,800 percent over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday.

Another bot-monitoring project,, reported that “David Hogg” and “Laura Ingraham” were the top two-word phrases being shared by Russia-linked accounts.

{mosads}Russia-linked bot accounts typically seize on divisive issues in American politics. In the days after the Parkland shooting, trending hashtags among Russian bots included “#Parkland, #guncontrolnow, #Florida and #guncontrol.”

Botcheck also found that @ingrahamangle, @davidhogg111 and @foxnews were in the top accounts named in tweets from Russia-linked accounts over the weekend, according to the Tribune.

Ingraham came under fire last week after mocking Hogg on Twitter over his college rejections.

Hogg then fired back by targeting her advertisers.

Ingraham apologized, but not before companies began pulling their ads from “The Ingraham Angle.”

Hogg refused to accept her apology, and later doubled down on his criticism of the Fox News host, calling her a “bully.”

Ingraham is taking a break from her show this week due to a pre-planned vacation. At least 16 companies have pulled their ads from her show or said they do not plan to advertise on it in the future.


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