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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:56 AM

Have the russian trolls infiltrated DU?

I've seen a few discussions about politics go off the rail lately. Some replies devolve to hostile personal attacks. The Russians have proven themselves to be very adept at stirring the pot, getting americans to turn on each other. I always say they know how to get the most bang for the buck. Hire a few trolls and spend a couple thousand to disrupt our political system and elections. Using an array of espionage tricks they will steal our latest weapons systems, spending a few million to get billions of dollars worth of American research. Way cheaper than having to do it themselves.

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Reply Have the russian trolls infiltrated DU? (Original post)
captain queeg Dec 2017 OP
nini Dec 2017 #1
L. Coyote Dec 2017 #2
ExciteBike66 Dec 2017 #3
demmiblue Dec 2017 #4
FarPoint Dec 2017 #5
el_bryanto Dec 2017 #6
DetlefK Dec 2017 #7
sarisataka Dec 2017 #8
Kimchijeon Dec 2017 #9
ananda Dec 2017 #10
annabanana Dec 2017 #12
bagelsforbreakfast Dec 2017 #11
LongTomH Dec 2017 #13
4139 Dec 2017 #14
Progressive dog Dec 2017 #15
MFM008 Dec 2017 #16
MineralMan Dec 2017 #17
captain queeg Dec 2017 #18
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2017 #19
Kirk Lover Dec 2017 #20
jalan48 Dec 2017 #21
Skittles Dec 2017 #22

Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 11:59 AM

1. I think they have some time ago

Thankfully most folks see right through it but in some cases it takes a bit to realize it.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:02 PM

2. You don't need to be a Russian to troll DU.

We've had to deal with right wing trolls since day one.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:03 PM

3. YOUR THE TROLL, TOVARISH! nt

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:07 PM

4. Oddly, your statement, "Russians have proven themselves to be very adept at stirring the pot, ...

getting americans [DUers] to turn on each other," could apply to your own OP.



P.S. Americans.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:10 PM

5. Absolutely...

Some even have a high post count....Ran off Good old time DU brilliant posters..

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:13 PM

6. I don't know - I think most posters here are as American as Mother's homemade Vatrushka.

I was talking with my friends Boris and Natasha and we all agreed over Vodka that there was no possible way that Russians could infiltrate DU. Then we talked about the moose and squirrel problem - but that's none of your concern.

Bryant

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:14 PM

7. Yes. Here's my anecdotal evidence:

1. Before the election there was this guy (still remember his username...) who would always side with Russia. We got into lots of heated discussions and he always sided with Russia. A few days after the election he stopped posting and disappeared.



2. I have seen an uptick in airing of pointless and ridiculous grievances. They look very, very much like the comments in the comment-section of RT:
A short, over-the-top hysterical post full of hatred where you blame somebody for something, even when it doesn't fit the topic at hand.

A post meant to rile up emotions and to drag the level of discussion down to the level of evidence-free echo-chambers.

Drive-by-postings meant to create division and outrage, not meant to actually make a point.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:21 PM

8. Da

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:22 PM

9. Not really worth the trouble for 'em.

Maybe to some extent, but sadly lefties are all to eager to attack each other anyway. The fascists know it & surely do use it to their advantage. It doesn't require much subterfuge on their part either, just some gentle trolling is all it takes to divide the peasants. Oh well.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:22 PM

10. They've been here awhile.

nt

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Response to ananda (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:33 PM

12. yep . . .n/t

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:30 PM

11. Yes. Witness the smear campaign against franken

 

How are these posts even allowed when according to the rules you are not supposed to bash democrats with anonymous slurs? Like the right wingroger stone does!

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 12:35 PM

13. That's all we need people accusing each other......

.....of being Russian trolls!

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 01:04 PM

14. Het! Только Эльфы!

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 01:20 PM

15. I'd want to see specific posts that

you think were made by Russian trolls and how discussions went off the rail before attempting to answer that question.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 01:38 PM

16. Any posters that give

AID and comfort to the enemy..
Especially that fat ,vile ,repulsive
piece of dried shit
In our white house
Needs to STFFU.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 02:42 PM

17. Может быть..

Но кто они?

That's the question. Can you read that?

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 02:42 PM

18. I really didn't even know what "troll" meant till maybe half year ago

Though I'd noticed a certain type of poster across all sorts of forums. It finally clicked when someone on reddit was jumping all over on me for nothing. I had an idea by that time of what a troll was and then looked it up on the internet and pretty much verified what I was picturing, though motivations vary depending on the forum.

I used to let them get under my skin, then I realized that was their goal so don't bother responding. I think that is the best way to annoy a troll.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 02:43 PM

19. They've been coming here on and off since Russia annexed Crimea

You hadn't noticed?

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 02:45 PM

20. Trolls no matter what their ethnic makeup don't bother me not one little bit as I can out Troll

 

them any frikkin day. I AM THE SNOWFLAKE FROM HELL.

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 02:46 PM

21. "Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid, step out

of line, the man comes and takes you away." --------Buffalo Springfield

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Response to captain queeg (Original post)

Wed Dec 6, 2017, 03:24 PM

22. oh there are LOTS of them here

if you ready closely, they use a lot of the same language

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