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October 31, 2014

HOT BLAST: Are you now or have you ever been a Russian troll?

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Posted: Sunday, July 6, 2014 7:30 am

On the Media's podcast TLDR, which is rapidly becoming one of our favorites, discusses new information in the world of trolling:

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

The original Buzzfeed report puts it this way:

The bizarre hive of social media activity appears to be part of a two-pronged Kremlin campaign to claim control over the internet, launching a million-dollar army of trolls to mold American public opinion as it cracks down on internet freedom at home.

“Foreign media are currently actively forming a negative image of the Russian Federation in the eyes of the global community,” one of the project’s team members, Svetlana Boiko, wrote in a strategy document. “Additionally, the discussions formed by comments to those articles are also negative in tone.

If you can't trust your average Obama-hatin', NRA-lovin', Rush-quotin' online troll to be who he says he is, who can you trust?

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