Tag Archives: trolls

Russian Troll Farms Target Western Comments Sections

The BBC reports: A major operation to influence public opinion saw comments posted on Western media articles in support of Russian interests, according to new research. Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute found 32 prominent media websites across 16 countries were targeted including Mail Online, the Express and the Times. The comments were fed back into Russian-language media outlets …

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Twitter Feature Will “Autoblock” Abusive Accounts

From Twitter’s corporate blog: Unwelcome Tweets and noise can get in the way of conversations on Twitter, so we’re introducing Safety Mode, a new feature that aims to reduce disruptive interactions. Starting today, we’re rolling out this safety feature to a small feedback group on iOS, Android, and Twitter.com, beginning with accounts that have English-language settings enabled. Safety Mode is …

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VIRAL VIDEO: Pro-Police Cultist Screams At NYC Cop

The New York Post reports: A loudmouth with a gigantic pro-police flag cursed out an NYPD cop in Rockefeller Center when the officer stepped in to settle a social-distancing dispute, according to cops and video. “Four years I had to put up with your shit!” the protester retorts as the cop steps in. “I am talking!” the officer then bellows, …

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RNC Unresponsive On Using Social Media Troll Bots

Axios reports: There is no U.S. law that prevents candidates, parties or political groups from launching their own disinformation campaigns, either in-house or through a contractor, so long as foreign money isn’t involved. It’s up to individual candidates to decide their tolerance for the practice. Broadly, U.S. campaign finance laws don’t regulate free social media accounts. Even a vast network …

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4chan Trolls Rig Drudge Poll For Marianne Williamson, Right Wing Sites Report That “The Public Has Spoken”

Media Matters reports: Users of the far-right message board 4chan organized to rig a Drudge Report online poll following the July 30 Democratic presidential debate. Multiple right-wing outlets touted the results. 4chan users similarly rigged previous post-debate Drudge polls. After the first night of the CNN debate, users on 4chan’s “/pol/” message board shared the poll and urged others to …

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Twitter Adds Option To Report Election Misinformation

Mashable reports: Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation and voter manipulation. In a blog post, Twitter announced a new reporting feature for tweets that attempt to spread false information about the electoral process. The new feature appears as a default option when a user elects to report a tweet. When reporting a tweet, a user can simply select …

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Rotten Tomatoes Moves To Thwart Right Wing Trolls

NBC News reports: Rotten Tomatoes is fighting back against trolls. The powerful movie review aggregation website announced Monday it would ban user comments before a film premieres in theaters. The move is in part a bid to crack down on what it called “non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership.” The …

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New Video Game Featuring Jesus, Hitler, Putin, And Trump Awards Points For Killing “Radical” LGBT People

From the game’s website: Jesus Strikes Back: Judgement Day is a heartwarming tale following a group of unlikely friends through a very crazy world. The game is guaranteed fun for all the family envisioning Jesus’s return to a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by radical socialism and religious fanatics. With the complete downfall of worldwide civilization and the freedom, liberty and independence …

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LOUISIANA: Troll Lawyer Who Wanted To Marry His Laptop Sues Town Library Over Drag Queen Story Hour

Lafayette’s Fox affiliate reports: Two Religious Organizations are suing in an attempt to stop Drag Queen Story Time at the Lafayette Library. The suit was filed in federal court in Lafayette by Warriors for Christ and Special Forces of Liberty. “By bringing this lawsuit, we are unapologetically and firmly defending the civil rights movement led by pastor Martin Luther King.” …

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Indicted Kremlin Troll Farm Boosted Pro-Trump Fake News Site With Millions Of Tweets Long After Election

Bloomberg reports: Russia’s social-media trolling operation began stepping up its Twitter presence to new heights in late July 2017 — more than eight months after sowing discord and disinformation in the 2016 presidential election. The burst of activity — revealed in a new, comprehensive dataset of nearly 3 million tweets — had an overriding focus over the ensuing three months: …

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Twitter Is Deleting One Million Fake Accounts A Day

The Washington Post reports: Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than one million accounts a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post. The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to the Post, has more than …

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Federal Judge Calls Gateway Pundit Writer A “Troll” In Dismissal Of Defamation Suit Over “OKAY” Hand Sign

Courthouse News reports: A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a writer who claimed to be defamed by a tweet allegedly showing him making a white power hand gesture failed to show the Fusion journalist who posted the image did so with actual malice. On April 28, 2017, Fusion journalist Emma Roller posted a tweet that said “Just two people doing …

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Federal Court Rejects Mueller’s Request To Delay Troll Farm Case Against Russian Companies And Individuals

Politico reports: A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge …

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SADNESS: Homocon Milo Lays Off Entire Staff After Drug Overdose Death Of His Last Remaining Backer

Politico reports: Running out of money and down on his luck, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos laid off the small staff of Milo Entertainment Inc. earlier this month, according to three people familiar with the situation. Yiannopoulos’ company has fallen on hard times ever since his former patrons, Robert and Rebekah Mercer, severed their financial backing last year. According to the …

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Far-Right Trolls Flood Social Media With Fake Starbucks Coupons Embedded With N-Word And Hitler References

Think Progress reports: Right-wing trolls are trying to embarrass Starbucks by spreading fake coupons that purport to give black people free coffee — but really contain hidden racial slurs and white supremacist slogans. “Starbucks values all people of color and we are working on employee sensitivity training” the fake flyers read, some with the accompanying hashtag #FreeBlackCoffee. “The best dialogue …

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Kremlin: Facebook Has “Censored” Our Troll Factory

Reuters reports: The Kremlin on Thursday said Facebook’s removal of accounts controlled by various Russian media was a hostile move that smacked of censorship. Facebook said on Tuesday it had deleted hundreds of Russian accounts and pages associated with a “troll factory” indicted by U.S. prosecutors for fake activist and political posts in the 2016 U.S. election campaign. When asked …

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OF COURSE: Russian Bots Rally Behind Laura Ingraham

The Chicago Tribune reports: Embattled Fox News host Laura Ingraham has found some unlikely allies: Russian bots. Russian-linked Twitter accounts have rallied around the conservative talk-show host, who has come under fire for attacking the young survivors of the Parkland school shooting. According to the website Hamilton 68, which tracks the spread of Russian propaganda on Twitter, the hashtag #IstandwithLaura …

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Stormy Daniels, Twitter’s Troll Destroyer

The Washington Post reports: Stormy Daniels on Twitter has the air of a very smart cat batting off a series of very dumb mice, who come at her under the delusion that the relationship is reversed. “Scank,” tweeted one man at her on Friday. He has 94 followers and a bio that lists him as “Soldier for the Constitution.” “The …

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Here’s Chuck Johnson’s Survivor Audition [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Chuck Johnson — a far-right troll and occasional adviser to Trump’s administration who is famous for publishing the home addresses of reporters whose work he doesn’t like, suggesting an Amtrak crash was caused by the engineer’s sexuality, questioning how many Jewish people were killed in the Holocaust, and propagating a claim he pooped on the floor …

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#TwitterLockOut: Right Wing Extremists Freak Out After Twitter Purges Thousands Of Russian Bot Accounts

Gizmodo reports: Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren’t happy about it. Twitter has yet to make a public statement about the issue, but right-wing users believe that they’re being targeted in a mass purge of suspected Russian bot accounts. Conservative Twitter has even started a hashtag called #TwitterLockOut to talk about the purge, with …

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