Tag "trolls"

Revealed: Confessions of a Kremlin Troll

Being paid by the Russian government to troll the internet just isn’t what it used to be. By Katie Davies, for The Moscow Times Russia’s paid government trolls have been blamed for everything from the fall of Hillary Clinton to the conflict in Ukraine — They have dominated headlines and sparked political intrigue. But is clocking in as a professional troll really everything it seems? Following in the footsteps of other

Le Pen’s (Small) Online Army

How a French far-right group tried to break into Twitter’s trends By Ben Nimmo, @DFRLab France holds presidential elections on April 23. Ahead of the polls, reports are emerging of sophisticated online groups supporting some of the candidates, especially far-right leader Marine Le Pen. According to the Financial Times, Le Pen is supported by “an aggressive social media operation that is the most powerful in French politics”, putting her at

Kremlin Trolls and Other Acquaintances of Russian embassy in Canada

When you build out a network based on the Russian Embassy in Ottawa, the first thing you notice are the non-Canadian trolls most closely associated with the RU Embassy in London. The attached graph is more self-explanatory than usual, but I would like to highlight a few entities of interest: @gorchakov_fund @ivorcrotty @danielleryanj @daniellmcadams By kremlintrolls.com

Is Ukraine Tomorrow the New Russia Today?

The July 15th announcement that Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers has submitted draft legislation to launch a new state-owned foreign broadcasting channel, Ukraine Tomorrow, appears to have turned few heads in the West, with pundits predominately focused on renewed tensions on the battlefield rather than the war of words being fought between Russia and Ukraine. The new station, to be launched in record time in September 2015, is an initiative stemming

The Many Minutes Hate

Russian propaganda, which has reached an unprecedented scale, is readily compared to its Soviet ancestor. Indeed, the similarity of maneuvers often reaches the absurd and now the tale of a Soviet agitprop about AIDS having been developed by Americans is reproduced in the form of allusions or even direct accusations aimed at the USA concerning the creation of the ‘biological weapon’ which has come to be known as the Ebola

Game of trolls: the hip digi-kids helping Putin’s fight for online supremacy

The job ads give little away. They ask only for “content managers” or “production editors” in a nondescript part of St Petersburg, and offer an above-average salary. But for successful applicants, a thriving business offering rich opportunities for creativity and professional growth awaits. You can hone your writing skills subtly weaving patriotic sentiments into blog posts about beauty tips, fortune-telling, fishing or photography. You can revile the United States and

RussiaInsider Plus Three Top Kremlin Trolls

“This week I bring you @RussiaInsider and the top three #KremlinTrolls (@MarcelSardo, @mkj1951, and @Malinka1102), writes Andrew Aaron Weisburd on the website Kremlin trolls. I began with those accounts in a reciprocal relationship with @RussiaInsider (as measured by Follower/Following relationships), then identified the reciprocal relationships of each of the top 3, and finally produced the graph. The graph contains only those accounts that have a reciprocal relationship with at least

Facebook’s block policy accused of facilitating pro-Kremlin trolls

Prominent bloggers claim their accounts are being routinely blocked after orchestrated complaints from Russia’s cyber army, wrote Dmitriy Volchek, RFE/FL. On June 4, Ukrainian journalist and activist Andriy Kapustin posted on Facebook a selfie with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who’s now governor of Ukraine’s Odesa region. “I’m interested to see if once again the bots from Olgino will once again file fresh complaints that this is pornography,” he wrote

Meet the ‘Kremlin trolls’, the humans behind Putin’s propaganda machinery

The operation that has worried the EU is drawing Serbia away from its EU membership path, convinced people that Ukraine is neo-Nazi and Putin was right to annex Crimea. Deep inside a four-storey marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the frontlines of an information war, say those who have been inside. Known as “Kremlin trolls,” the men and women work 12-hour shifts around

The Agency

From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet — and in real-life American communities. round 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, got a call from a resident who had just received a disturbing text message. “Toxic fume

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