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NEW report on Russia’s troll farm: Organized US protests, 1000+ posts per week, 20-30 MILLION views in Sept 2016 rbc.ru/technology_and…
RBK traced 120 accts to Russian troll farm, reached 50 MIL ppl on Facebook, Twitter etc. Among memes: "A Vote for Hillary is Vote for Satan"
Turns out a popular pro-Trump twitter acct that created Monica Lewinsky in OO meme after pic of KellyAnne Conway on knees👉a Russian troll
Notice Russia's twitter troll @Jenn_Abrams posing as a conservative American was active in Feb 2017–AFTER election. Only suspended in August
RBK categorizes Russian troll accts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (w/number of followers) by issue–race, religion, minorities, police
As seen before, Russian trolls on Facebook, Twitter focused on culture wars issues–immigration, Muslims, LGBT, refugees, police brutality
Russian trolls contacted ~100 unsuspecting US activists who helped organize protests, classes in NY, LA, FL, MI, NC; even paid printing cost
Russian troll factory boss claims no direct contact with Putin's staff. Would they say they're Kremlin-directed? RT too claims independence.
Russian troll source: Could we influence the election? No. Could we move some swing states to Trump? Maybe. We too were stunned by result.
Among Russian race trolls @Facebook:
Pan-African root MOVE
More Russian race trolls @Twitter & @Instagram:
Some of the accts were reported earlier @TPM. Russian troll tactics are old news in Russia. Its int'l reach was new. talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/russ…
Most disturbing is Russia's trolls continued to divide, incite, organize Americans WELL after the election. Until @Twitter finally suspended
Russia's trolls reached *70 MILLION* a week. Report in Russian on efforts to influence outcome of US election & more
If I worked @Twitter or @Facebook & saw “Vote for Hillary is a Vote for Satan” and “DOUBLE TAP if you agree,” I would suspect 🤔 #Russia stat
The toxic symbiosis betw Trump-Russia trolls was evident pre-elex. What worries me–chasing trolls distracts from catching voter tampering
Provocateur Posobiec–whom Trump likes to retweet–welcomes back a suspended Russian troll from the St Petersburg troll farm. 🎩 @cjcmichel
Notice in comments to tweet, the people the Russian troll engages seem to have no idea who they're dealing with. Wonder if Posobiec did?
A report in English on the inner workings of Russia's troll factory working to influence US election & our democracy thinkprogress.org/new-expose-sho…
Farm to Tablet: CNN report on Russian troll farm operations, its chief & Putin personal chef Prigozhin cnn.com/2017/10/17/pol… v @jimsciutto
Russian trolls' objective is to f* with people's psychological state, anger, agitate & provoke emotional responses. They play both sides.
Key NEW detail Meduza notes in its summary of RBC investigation: Russian troll farm allocated $200,000 to buy ads on social & hire activists
Mueller & Congressional investigations will have to follow the $200,000 spent on ads & local organizers of events linked to those accounts.
Did @ru_rbc get this wrong? "BlackMattersUS" is still online, and one of those named a Russian troll "Crystal1Johnson" is listed as writer.
We've known of Russia's troll farm & Prigozhin since at least 2014 when Putin used propaganda for Ukraine invasion voanews.com/a/russians-get…
To be clear: Russia's troll farm has been doing this for yrs–fake accounts, inflammatory fake news. Many failed to see it would come to US…
Even when it was staring in our faces, we refused to accept it, or take it seriously, assuming naively, Russia or Trump wldn't actually win.
But Russia & Trump did win. One helped the other during the election & since. Proof: Russia's trolls still agitated for Trump post election.
More troubling than Russia continuing its info war is Trump & GOP doing nothing about a truly grave threat. Is it stupidity or conspiracy?
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