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Thu Oct 5, 2023, 12:13 AM Oct 2023

Infamous Russian Troll Farm Appears to Be Source of Anti-Ukraine Propaganda [View all]

The Russian troll farms never went away and now they are accomplishing a twofer of continuing to shill for the Republican right while also spouting anti-Ukrainian propaganda. Thus, Republicans know that they can easily ride this wave of free sock puppet internet support by opposing funding for Ukraine and supporting Putin.

This is also why so many Republicans in the presidential primary are willing to be pro-Putin in an effort to garner Russian assistance.

At this point, the Republican party is becoming nothing more than a tool for Putin knowing that the closer they adhere to his pro-Russian views and the more they amplify divisive attacks based on rage, gender, etc., the more support they will get by Russian troll farms.


The Twitter profiles are part of a pro-Putin network of dozens of accounts spread across Twitter, TikTok and Instagram whose behavior, content and coordination are consistent with Russian troll factory the Internet Research Agency, according to Darren Linvill, a Clemson University professor who, along with another professor, Patrick Warren, has spent years studying IRA accounts.

The IRA burst into the American consciousness after its paid trolls used thousands of English-language accounts across social media platforms to influence American voters during the 2016 presidential election. The IRA was at the center of a 2018 Department of Justice criminal indictment for its alleged effort to “interfere with elections and political processes.”

“These accounts express every indicator that we have to suggest they originate with the Internet Research Agency,” Linvill said. “And if they aren’t the IRA, that’s worse, because I don’t know who’s doing it.”

An analysis of the accounts’ activity by the Clemson Media Forensics Hub and ProPublica found they posted at defined times consistent with the IRA workday, were created in the same time frame and posted similar or identical text, photos and videos across accounts and platforms. Posts from Twitter accounts in the network dropped off on weekends and Russian holidays, suggesting the posters had regular work schedules.
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