#30 - The Russian Troll Army

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 04:10 PM

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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Comments [21]

Andre from Baltimore

congratulations, guys! You did a great job, Lyudmila and Adrian. Your move was
smart asf


Jun. 28 2015 10:58 AM
Sam from Arizona

Good job,Savchuk.You destroyed troll-factory.#SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 28 2015 12:07 AM
Roy Pidrill from Chicago

These Russian trolls will be gone soon! We all are saved by a simple Russian woman who is fighting for truth and justice, Lyudmila Savchuk!!!

Jun. 27 2015 11:21 PM
Nicky M from Chattanooga

I am happy that there will be no more propaganda on the net from these disgraceful trolls! God bless Lyudmila Savchuk for telling the world the truth!!! #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 11:19 PM
Markus O from Phoenix

Russian trolls have already been defeated! We should all thank Lyudmila Savchuk for exposing their factory!!! #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 11:17 PM
Larry from Baltimore

Savchuk is a true hero! I wish we had someone like her in the United States! #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 11:15 PM
Mary Feinster

We all should thank Adrian Chen and Lyudmila Savchuk for freeing us from the troll propaganda! #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 11:13 PM

Stop these trolls!! Stop this awful propagandist machine!!! The whole world supports You!! #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 09:48 PM
Davis from Las-Vegas

Savchuk is a troll-fighter.She destroyed Troll-factory. And btw,she is very sexy. Yeah,Chen is awesome.They are heroes.I hope ‘Murica will treat them like heroes of the nation.#SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 08:18 PM
BobbyS from USA

Finally the troll factory is closed! All due to Lyudmila Savchuk, who exposed them!!!!!!


Jun. 27 2015 06:19 PM

Savchuk is a troll-fighter.She destroyed Troll-factory. And btw,she is very sexy. Yeah,Chen is awesome.They are heroes.I hope ‘Murica will treat them like heroes of the nation.#SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 05:57 PM
Betty from Phoenix

Savchuk is the best.God bless her.Say NO to russian propaganda in the internet. #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 05:55 PM
Paul Randly from NewYork

Damn,Adrian Chen is a great Spy.He must be recruited by CIA. And Savchuk is so damn sexy.I want to bang her in the *ss. Real troll-fighter. #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 05:54 PM

We must support every Russian who fights against Putin and his trolls ‪#‎SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 05:23 PM
ALBrick from New-York

Adrian Chen and Savchuk are real heroes! They destroyed WHOLE TROLL factory.Our government must treat them like heroes.Russia lost in this “internet war”.Is it Savchuk on this photo?I’m very happy that she destroyed troll-factory #SavchukVSTrolls

Jun. 27 2015 01:17 AM
RandallinAZ from AZ

Texted "TLDR" to 25383 and received reply:
"Keyword TLDR not recognized. Please confirm keyword, short code, and send a new msg. Info? Visit hMGF.org/T or call 866-..."
I didnn't visit or call, as I figure it's a North Korean phishing scam, right?

Feb. 18 2015 05:46 PM
Fred Milton Olsen from Madison, WI

Just put "I was a paid internet shill" or "I was a paid internet troll" into your favorite search engine.

You'll find out a lot, including that Israel was probably the first and foremost user of this tactic.

Hasbara is real. Hasbara reaches all the way from your local public radio station all the way to the old-boy boy distribution networks at the top of "public" radio. It seems that people of one particular ethnic/religious culture dominate our "public" media, largely on behalf of Israel.
This doesn't seem right to me. We don't get an accurate picture of what's going on when it is filtered through the lens of Judaic culture and upbringing.

For example, in my own state of Wisconsin, this ethnic-religious group makes up half (or more) of public radio top management and many staff. Wisconsin's population is composed one-half of one percent, demographically, of this group.

They are extremely secretive and have a history of news censorship, violating open records and meetings laws, and generally just being a bunch of tyrannical jerks. They also have a history of trying to give public radio a more "commercial sound" and have paid public and listener money for consultants to tell them this. They employ shills.

Oct. 05 2014 12:08 PM
James Demers from New York

China is another huge spammer of internet comment threads. The CCP sock puppets come out of the woodwork en masse; you can spot them by the fact that they all dutifully post their praises of the party (and the party line) within 24 hours, before moving on to their next assigned topic.

Jul. 14 2014 03:39 PM
Al Dorman from Baltimore

I'm sure you're next story will be about the Hasbara trolls paid by Israel to post racist nonsense all day. Oh yea, of course you only promote pro-establishment narratives.


Jul. 10 2014 10:17 PM
Junior Drummond from Seattle, WA

Max Seddon obviously makes more than $2000 a month. Goody goody for you Max Seddon! On behalf of all hotel managers on earth, I say Max Seddon is an out of touch jerk.

Jul. 03 2014 01:02 PM
Jack Browne from Vashon, WA

WOW! I knew that USAID has done "propaganda" forever-- CIA front in Latin America, etc-- but, is it possible that OUR "Kremlin"- the Pentagon"- is doing this, too, on some level? Somehow, this seems like the kind of "Course' that might be part of curricula at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC... formerly "School of the Americas") where the U.S. has educated Latin Americans and others in "counter-insurgency" techniques (and allegedly "interrogation techniques", etc... and "Low-Intensity Conflict", sabotage, etc etc).
Why WOULDN'T the U.S. military do something like this? (Well, one reason might be a lack of multi-lingual candidates. As a nation, we certainly don't PROMOTE that aspect of education, generally.)
Great show! Glad I found it. Thanks!

Jun. 28 2014 01:32 PM

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