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Russian Twitter bots jump on #ReleaseTheMemo

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Russia-linked Twitter bots have mobilized to promote the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo, in reference to the classified House Intelligence Committee memo written by Devin Nunes, reports Business Insider.

Why it matters: The network of Russian social media bots has increased its use of the hashtag 233,000% over the past 48 hours, according to a tracking website called Hamilton 68. The URL most shared by the accounts links to WikiLeaks, which has offered a reward for anyone with access to the memo.