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A couple quick findings from @ru_rbc's bombshell report on Russian social media operations during the US election:…
1. The social media accounts run by Russia's troll factory reached some 30 million people each week during the height of the 2016 campaign:
2. About 100 unwitting Americans were paid to help stage some 40 events across the U.S., organized by these Russian social media accounts:
The main topics targeted by these Russian social media accounts included racial animosity (see:…,…) and Texas secession (see:…)
4. One of the fake Russian accounts the @ru_rbc investigation (…) focuses on is BlackMattersUS, which @thinkprogress broke last week:…
5. One of the fake Russian accounts saw its tweets work their way into stories from Yahoo, Al Jazeera, Business Insider, BBC:
6. Many of the largest fake Russian accounts have been identified so far, but @ru_rbc has identified a few more - these are the accounts focused on race:
7. Among the largest fake Russian accounts focused on politics, the "Army of Jesus" and "South United" accounts hadn't been previously reported:
8. Fake Russian social media accounts even targeted Native Americans:
9. And while it hasn't gotten much attention thus far, Instagram (in red) was just as abused as Facebook and Twitter by these fake Russian accounts:
10. The most popular Twitter account identified as Russian by the RBK investigation was @TEN_GOP, which had previously made its way into The Daily Beast, HuffPo, Fox News, Vocativ, etc.
And for @PostOpinions, I wrote about what it was like to follow one of these fake Russian accounts since early 2016:…
Here's Posobiec celebrating the return of a fake Russian Twitter account:
.@JackPosobiec deleted the tweet, but here he is cheering the return of that Twitter account revealed today as Russian:
Coda: Russian operatives tested out organizing protests in the U.S. via ... free hot dogs in Times Square.…
Last month, Trump publicly thanked a Twitter account that said it was run by the folks behind what we now know are Russian accounts:…
'@TEN_GOP was one of the top influencers in spreading the #Berkeley hashtag last April.'…

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New leaked chats reveal how a Texas militia planned to assault Islamic convention participants in Houston earlier this month:…
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After spending a week in Moldova at the World Congress of Families conference, one question: Is America’s Religious Right turning its back on Russia?…
It wouldn't necessarily be surprising: the U.S. Religious Right had a far easier time building ties in Russia under the Obama administration.

But with the Trump admin now responsible for sanctions? For expanding NATO? Not so much.…
But WCF head Brian Brown hasn't given up the dream of building up American Religious Right ties in Russia. He's doing all he can to build bridges between America's social conservatives and Moscow—and is willing to do whatever it takes.…
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‘Google bosses have tried to contain the anger by shutting down employee access to documents about the China search engine.’…
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