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.
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ROME (Reuters) – Accounts tagged ‘hatetrump’ and ‘ihatetrump’ are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed.
The photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it was investigating the report and had already removed some of the profiles it highlighted.
Malign online attacks against Trump’s opponents have been well documented, most notably in the 2016 presidential election campaign, when Russian trolls allegedly flooded social media sites to undermine the Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.