“Fighting Like a Lion for Serbia”: An Analysis of Government-Linked Influence Operations in Serbia


On March 26, 2020 Twitter announced a takedown of accounts targeting Ser- bian Twitter users. Twitter reported that this network—consisting of approxi- mately 8,500 accounts and more than 43 million tweets—acted in concert to cheerlead for President Aleksandar Vučić and his party, to attack his oppo- nents, and to boost the popularity and visibility of other content serving these ends. In this paper, we describe the contours of this operation and the tactics it used to achieve its aims.