Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 US election also made advertisement money, report says

A study has described in detail how employees of Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) experimented with different methods in the run-up to the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.

The IRA, based in Saint Petersburg, is an agency engaged in online influence operations on behalf of the interests of President Putin. Employees of the IRA set up fake accounts and buy ads on social networks and news websites in order to spread viral deceptions, cause social divisions in the US and its allies, praise Vladimir Putin, denigrate his political opponents, and bolster support for foreign leaders backed by Putin, such as Bashar al-Assad and Donald Trump.