How to spot a Russian troll on Truth Social, Reddit, Twitter X, Facebook, and Instagram

Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters

Russian trolls are not just brainwashing right-wing Americans. They’re also targeting the left.

Russia’s Troll Army Is Running the Hillary Clinton Playbook on Joe Biden. The Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency created a fake progressive news site to convince left-leaning voters that Biden is too centrist.

It’s called “demotivational propaganda.”

They attack Biden, and anyone who supports him, with lies and disinformation to poison public opinion against Biden and lower his support.

Russian trolls and MAGA trolls pretend to be American lefties, so that their attacks on Biden won’t be instantly dismissed.

Russian trolls usually say things like “I’m not even a Trump supporter, but Biden is a monster” or “I’m a Democrat too, but Biden is a pedo.”

They know that attacks on Biden coming from obvious Trump supporters will be instantly ignored and ridiculed.

But despite their best efforts to disguise themselves, Russian trolls pretending to be American lefties are easy to spot:

Russian trolls and MAGA trolls have identical talking points.

Both use the word “liberal” as a slur against anyone who opposes Trump.

They attack Biden and liberals 24/7, but you never see them attack Republicans or Trump.

In fact, these Russian trolls pretending to be American lefties will attack you if you’re against Trump. They immediately change the topic with whataboutism, to attack Biden.

If you mention that Bernie supports Biden, Russian trolls pretending to be American lefties will attack Bernie.

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters — and help elect Trump
-Washington Post

Prominent pro-Sanders subreddit WayOfTheBern aims to divide Democrats, says social media analyst
-Associated Press

Bernie Sanders blames vicious Bernie Bros on Russian trolls
-Washington Examiner

It Sure Looks Like Trolls Are Weaponizing Call-Out Culture to Weaken Democrats

New research: Russian trolls used Twitter to attack liberals, conservatives and news media
-Journalists Resource

Russia organized 2 sides of a Texas protest and encouraged ‘both sides to battle in the streets’
-Business Insider

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New York Times documentary: Operation Infektion – How Russia perfected the art of war

Russian troll factory paid US activists to help fund protests during election
-The Guardian

Russian trolls created Facebook events seen by more than 300,000 users

After FBI tip, Facebook says it uncovered Russian meddling

Facebook removes Russian accounts that targeted left-leaning Americans

Russian social media accounts sow US election discord – again

Russian interference in the 2020 United States elections

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Accounts Linked To Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Targeting Left-Leaning Audiences
-CBS News

A guide to Russian ‘demotivator’ memes

Biden says Putin will ‘pay a price’ for 2020 election meddling
-The Hill

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There are literally thousands of Russian trolls on US social media. And they’re highly motivated to argue with you, because that’s what they get paid for.

Nearly 1,000 Russian trolls banned from Reddit: Here’s what they posted
-Business Insider

Yep, Russian trolls hit Reddit, too — on r/funny and elsewhere
-Ars Technica

Russian spam accounts are still a big problem for Reddit: At least 89 subs have been targeted by Russian propaganda.

Their tactic is not only to demotivate you by telling you not to support Biden.

They’re also instructed to waste as much of your time and energy as possible.

The idea is that you only have a limited amount of energy. Only a limited amount of fight in you.

They want you to waste all your energy on trying to change a Russian troll’s mind. Of course that will never happen, because they get paid to disagree with you.

It doesn’t matter how obviously right you are, or how obvious their lies are. They will gaslight you and argue with you for hours, to exhaust and frustrate you.

The idea is that it will deplete your will to resist.

Eventually you’ll just give up.

And the next time a Russian troll or a MAGA troll posts lies about Biden, you won’t have the energy to fight back.

After wasting days of your life pointlessly arguing with Russian trolls, you probably won’t bother to argue when you run across an actual American, who could possibly be convinced with good arguments.

Don’t be fooled by Russian trolls masquerading as American lefties.

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1) favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

2) (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

3) of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.

4) favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.

Fascists use lies as a weapon.

Fascist MAGA trolls claim “liberal” means communism.

Fascist Russian trolls pretending to be American lefties claim “liberal” means capitalism.

But every real American leftie knows that “liberal” means freedom fighter, and that we fight for civil liberties and freedom for all, against fascist tyranny.

That’s why all fascists hate liberals, and use the word liberal as a slur against anyone who opposes fascists like Trump.

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Author: Oliver
I'm an introvert. I spend a lot of time inside my head, just thinking about random stuff. Introverts think about more than just being introverts. :) I make comics about those thoughts.

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