There once was a Russian troll who hid under a Twitter bridge and fooled all the goats some of the time. Wait! That is not how that Norweigean fairy tale went. It was three Billy Goats Gruff and a troll under a bridge, so nevermind.
This troll was of the more devious kind. It pretended to be female and off to the alt-right part of the spectrum. It was such a good act that it went on for a year. Look who it collected from the right and left with its spicy trolling. I mean, Tweeting!
As Written By Summer Meza for Newsweek:
A popular Twitter account known for strong alt-right opinions was, it turns out, never really run by a young American woman as it claimed. Congressional investigators have confirmed that Twitter user Jenna Abrams was in fact a creation of a Russian “troll farm.”
The story was originally published Thursday by The Daily Beast, which describes the account as one of the dozens of Russian-backed social media accounts run from St. Petersburg. The account gained traction after tweeting about a nude Kim Kardashian photo, then pivoted into divisive comments on segregation, Donald Trump, and immigration. Her viral tweets, which went out to nearly 70,000 followers, pushed Kremlin-funded opinions that far-right users jumped to defend.
Abrams’ inflammatory posts were included in news stories across the web, bringing her quotable talking points onto mainstream news sites like the New York Times, CNN and local Fox affiliates, as well as sites like Breitbart and InfoWars. Her tweets were just controversial enough to pick up attention, but not so out of the ordinary that followers suspected the account could be fake.
For example, in April of last year, Abrams’ tweet baited readers into a debate on slavery.
“To those people, who hate the Confederate flag. Did you know that the flag and the war wasn’t about slavery, it was all about money,” read the tweet.
It wasn’t just alt-right followers who were fooled by the account. Several public figures engaged with Abrams, like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn……
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