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G_j

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Tue Nov 26, 2019, 10:30 AM Nov 2019

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It [View all]

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russia-troll-2020-election-interference-twitter-916482/

Here’s what Russia’s 2020 disinformation operations look like, according to two experts on social media and propaganda.

By DARREN LINVILL & PATRICK WARREN

Internet trolls don’t troll. Not the professionals at least. Professional trolls don’t go on social media to antagonize liberals or belittle conservatives. They are not narrow minded, drunk or angry. They don’t lack basic English language skills. They certainly aren’t “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds,” as the president once put it. Your stereotypical trolls do exist on social media, but the amateurs aren’t a threat to Western democracy.

Professional trolls, on the other hand, are the tip of the spear in the new digital, ideological battleground. To combat the threat they pose, we must first understand them — and take them seriously.

On August 22, 2019, @IamTyraJackson received almost 290,000 likes on Twitter for a single tweet. Put in perspective, the typical tweet President Trump sends to his 67 million followers gets about 100,000 likes. That viral tweet by @IamTyraJackson was innocent: an uplifting pair of images of former pro football player Warrick Dunn and a description of his inspiring charity work building houses for single mothers. For an anonymous account that had only existed for only a few months, “Tyra” knew her audience well. Warrick’s former coach, Tony Dungy, retweeted it, as did the rapper and producer Chuck D. Hundreds of thousands of real users viewed Tyra’s tweet and connected with its message. For “Tyra,” however, inspiring messages like this were a tool for a very different purpose.

The purpose of the Tyra account, we believe, was not to spread heartwarming messages to Americans. Rather, the tweet about Warrick Dunn was really a Trojan horse to gain followers in a larger plan by a foreign adversary. We think this because we believe @IamTyraJackson was an account operated by the successors to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA). Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted the IRA for waging a massive information war during the 2016 U.S. election. Since then, the IRA seems to have been subsumed into Russia’s Federal News Agency, but its work continues. In the case of @IamTyraJackson, the IRA’s goal was two-fold: Grow an audience in part through heartwarming, inspiring messages, and use that following to spread messages promoting division, distrust, and doubt.

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Geeze... Hugin Nov 2019 #1
Excellent article! FM123 Nov 2019 #2
AND homegirl Nov 2019 #12
K&R. n/t rzemanfl Nov 2019 #3
What is the Dem's plan to deal with this? Johnny2X2X Nov 2019 #4
Not so. Several have come out in quite strong terms. Here's PatrickforO Nov 2019 #22
Here's what I want to see Johnny2X2X Nov 2019 #23
perhaps this is where andrew yang could be of assistance n/t orleans Nov 2019 #32
If Bloomfield really wanted to help he would take 30 million and dedicate it to ruining Maraya1969 Nov 2019 #27
Instead, he's buying 100's of climate change related search terms on Google... Crash2Parties Nov 2019 #30
Kicked and bookmarked! smirkymonkey Nov 2019 #5
K&R. Important. JudyM Nov 2019 #6
From the article Mike 03 Nov 2019 #7
K&R 2naSalit Nov 2019 #8
These people are really good at what they do PatSeg Nov 2019 #9
Their command of the English language is impeccable. CaptYossarian Nov 2019 #15
And their understanding PatSeg Nov 2019 #18
Maybe Zuckerberg is teaching them in St. Petersburg personally. CaptYossarian Nov 2019 #24
I never re-Tweet anything B Stieg Nov 2019 #10
I don't use twitter for a reason..... getagrip_already Nov 2019 #11
I have a Twitter account PatSeg Nov 2019 #19
+1 keithbvadu2 Nov 2019 #13
I don't share "uplifting tweets" from trolls brooklynite Nov 2019 #14
Great minds think alike.. I am going to cross post your op into mine in DU Primaries Peacetrain Nov 2019 #16
That is a great place for it G_j Nov 2019 #25
Not on Twitter, PoindexterOglethorpe Nov 2019 #17
I hate that too and I purposely will not do it. But what do you think about this? Maraya1969 Nov 2019 #28
That's RW shit alright. tRUMP. SammyWinstonJack Nov 2019 #35
And at home ... ancianita Nov 2019 #20
REALLY good article. PatrickforO Nov 2019 #21
k&r n/t lordsummerisle Nov 2019 #26
"Melanie's audience was made up of educated, urban, left-wing Americans" NCLefty Nov 2019 #29
Reflexive control Celerity Nov 2019 #34
And the cutsie stuff. Thankful for Twitter's Block feature OhNo-Really Nov 2019 #31
HorseShit. This happens, but it's not a majority. nt greyl Nov 2019 #33
The USA's is the most open and widely disseminated culture on the planet. Ligyron Nov 2019 #36
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