It’s unclear whether ReportSecret was authorized to republish Truthfeed content.
Messages sent by Bloomberg News to still-active FB/LinkedIn accts also listed on ReportSecret got no response.
▪Why did the Russian troll farm use Truthfeed’s content?
Clemson’s Linvill, who spent months studying IRA tweets, believes it signaled a change in strategy for the Russians.
－Tweeted 33x by IRA trolls
Voter Fraud May Have Resulted in Hillary Winning New Hampshire” claimed “thousands of illegal votes were counted.”]
But the study cited in article mentioned NH only once, saying it didn’t get any data from the state.
－Tweeted 71x by IRA trolls
A story citing a local news report, saying a PA man killed his neighbor bc he had Trump signs in his yard.
But that local report said the neighbors’ fight didn’t involve politics.
－Tweeted 90x by IRA trolls
[“WTF?? Refugees With TB are Interviewing at Starbucks”]
Story cited Breitbart article mentioning a 3yo study saying 43% of Sub-Sahara African refugees in San Diego County had TB -- though it had no info on Starbucks’ job applicants.
@/IvaassNTR, had 0 follows when it first tweeted on 7/27/17, at 2:40pm from St Petersburg.
▪It tweeted a few times
▪Went quiet for 15min
▪Upon tweeting again, it was then following 986 other accts.
7/29－8/18/17 (3wk span)
IRA accounts tweeted 177,105 English posts－ 3x more than during the 3wks leading up to election day on 11/8/16
▪7/31/17, Truthfeed articles account for at least 24% of the troll farm’s English-language Twitter activity
▪10 days later, over 44% of their Eng-language Twitter activity is from Truthfeed
▪Twitter shut down a number of the IRA troll farm accounts.
▪Troll farm then activated several new ones... focused almost exclusively on the republished Truthfeed articles.
For several mos in late 2017 & 2018, it shared some technical connections w/the personal site of:
▪spokeswoman for Trump’s 2016 campaign
▪senior adviser to his 2020 re-election campaign.
Neither Pierson nor her attorney responded to requests for comment.