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That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It
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. Professional trolls, on the other hand, are the tip of the spear in the new digital, ideological battleground. On August 22, 2019, @IamTyraJackson received almost 290,000 likes on Twitter for a single tweet. The purpose of the Tyra account, we believe, was not to spread heartwarming messages to Americans. We’ve spent the past two years studying online disinformation and building a deep understanding of Russia’s strategy, tactics, and impact. Professional trolls are good at their job. Disinformation operations aren’t typically fake news or outright lies. As good marketers, professional trolls manipulate our emotions subtly. Volume 0%

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