Sunday, 3 July 2016

Russia's army of trolls for the perplexed mind

Inside Kremlin Propaganda Machine: Russian blogger exposes Russia's Internet troll factory

Published on Jul 1, 2015
This non-descript office building in Moscow is where the Kremlin houses its army of thousands of Internet trolls. They have become infamous over the last year; spamming the World Wide Web with lies, misinformation and propaganda. But this part of the Kremlin's hybrid warfare against Ukraine and the West at large has been exposed by a Russian journalist.

Lyudmila Savchuk calls it a troll factory and says she had spent two months there as an employee documenting the process of creating a wave of pro-Kremlin propaganda.

"They get work specifications. There are several main topics including Ukraine, USA and the EU - in general all main topics which are on the agenda - and also Russian opposition. Main opposition figures are regularly insulted and discredited on the Internet." 

According to Savchuk, she and her fellow colleagues worked under tight control and signed a non-disclosure agreement. She also says the comments were made not only in Russian but in several other languages across different platforms. 

Inside Kremlin Propaganda Machine: Russian blogger exposes Russia's Internet troll factory

Russia's Online Troll Army Is Huge, Hilarious & Already Everywhere
Published on Jun 3, 2014
"Russia's campaign to shape international opinion around its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread the Kremlin's message on the comments section of top American websites.

Plans attached to emails leaked by a mysterious Russian hacker collective show IT managers reporting on a new ideological front against the West in the comments sections of Fox News, Huffington Post, The Blaze, Politico, and WorldNetDaily.

The bizarre hive of social media activity appears to be part of a two-pronged Kremlin campaign to claim control over the Internet, launching a million-dollar army of trolls to mold American public opinion as it cracks down on Internet freedom at home."

Russia's Online Troll Army Is Huge, Hilarious & Already Everywhere

The Russian Troll Factory
Published on Aug 12, 2015
An operation run in Russia to disseminate propaganda on social media has been labeled as the "troll factory".

The Russian Troll Factory

How to spot Russian trolls:
· Soviet-era phrases: “Junta”, “Nazis”, “Fascists”, “peaceful citizens”, “chasteners”, “punishers”
· Only the West is to blame: Obama, USA, State Department, CIA, EU, NATO
· Racism and chauvinism: mocking of sex, race, sexual orientation of people in the West and their political leaders
· Anti-Semitism: Zionists, bankers and capitalists rule the West and try to destroy Russia 
· Glorification of the Russian president and Russian international politics
· Collages, memes which ridicule opponents of the Kremlin
· Empty or inactive social media accounts with Russian or Western names
· Poor English – most of the comments are processed through Google Translate
· Aggressive behavior: trying to intimidate or humiliate opponents
· No credible sources of information: RT or Sputnik at most
· No interaction, debate or discussion: the troll just leaves his comment and moves on to another site

How to spot Russian trolls

Trolling for Putin: Russia's information war explained
Lyudmila Savchuk says it was money that wooed her into the ranks of the Kremlin's online army, where she bombarded website comment pages with eulogies of President Vladimir Putin, while mocking his adversaries.

Trolling for Putin: Russia's information war explained

Oxford HotCat Russian Trolling 
In a video blog by Oxford HotCat, a experienced Finnish investigative journalist Jessikka Aro describes Russian information propaganda, such as trolling. Filmed in London, May 2016. Jessikka Aro has first hand experiences
with so called trolling. Jessikka Aro has an extensive experience of being hunted attacked in the Neo Nazi antisemite media in Finland like the MV magazine and more. We at SDR think she is a vital source in today's intelligence regarding the new silent war of trolling.....

Oxford HotCat Russian Trolling