How a “Troll Farm Field Trip” Helped Russians Pose As Americans Online

We’ve heard a lot about Russia’s attempts to influence the American political process… Internet trolls, often posing as Americans, trying to create chaos. But it’s not just a couple guys behind keyboards, Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) employed hundreds of people, using fake online identities, all working in unison… A troll farm. Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First … Continue reading How a “Troll Farm Field Trip” Helped Russians Pose As Americans Online

Are Troll Farms Backing U.S. Political Candidates?

Camille Francois studies trolls for a living. She’s the chief innovation officer at Graphika — a social media analytics firm hired by major companies to identify and fight online disinformation. Her team was a big part of uncovering the extent of Russian influence during the 2016 election. Read an edited transcript below, or listen to the full interview on the First Contact podcast. I am worried … Continue reading Are Troll Farms Backing U.S. Political Candidates?

Inside the Minds of Trolls

Camille Francois studies trolls for a living. She’s the chief innovation officer at Graphika — a social media analytics firm hired by major companies to identify and fight online disinformation. Her team was a big part of uncovering the extent of Russian influence during the 2016 election. She paints a more nuanced picture of Internet trolls. Sometimes, she says, people start out with good intentions … Continue reading Inside the Minds of Trolls