JEREMY Corbyn was supported by thousands of Russian-backed Twitter bots during the General Election last year according to a bombshell report in The Sunday Times.
Thousands of Russian-funded twitter accounts were used to rally support for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour in the closing stages of the vote that ended in a hung parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May have to do a deal with the DUP to cling on to power.
The Sunday Times has revealed that an investigation along with Swansea University had found 6,500 Russian accounts tweeting supportive messages for Labour and slamming the Tories.
Many of the accounts used English names but in reality, they were internet “bots” programmed to bombard voters with choreographed political messages at random intervals.
Labour has dismissed the report saying that it was not aware of receiving any support from automated bots during the campaign.
A spokesman said the party did not pay for any bots.
The Sunday Times said it discovered overwhelming support for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn from the Russian social media accounts with nine out of 10 messages about the party supporting its campaign.
Its research found that 80% of the automated accounts had been created in the weeks leading up to polling day on June 8 and were particularly active at key points in the campaign.
It said the bots retweeted publicity for Mr Corbyn’s rallies around the country, amplified criticism of Theresa May over police cuts following the Manchester Arena bombing, and on polling day itself sent messages urging Labour supporters to turn out and vote.
The findings would appear to echo claims made of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election in support of Donald Trump.
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock described the findings as “extremely concerning”.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for any nation to attempt to interfere in the democratic elections of another country,” he told The Sunday Times.
“The social media companies need to act to safeguard our democratic discourse and reveal what they know.”
The shock revelations follow Jeremy Corbyn’s exposure as a Soviet-backed spy in the late 1980s and come after he refused to criticise Russia over the Salisbury nerve agent attack and the use of chemical weapons in Syria.