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Misinformation/Disinformation: How to Determine the Reliability of Sources: Tracking Trolls

What is a Troll?


“a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain.” -Wikipedia

 Internet Research Agency  known in Russian Internet slang as the Trolls from Olgino) is a Russian company, based in Saint Petersburg, engaged in online influence operations on behalf of Russian business and political interests. -Wikipedia

The Russian Web brigade also known as Russia's troll army  России), Russian botsPutinbots, Kremlinbots  troll factory, Social bot, or troll farms are state-sponsored anonymous Internet political commentators and trolls linked to the Russian government.” – Wikipedia

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