March 29, 2018  |  Updated April 18, 2018

#TrollTracker: How To Spot Russian Trolls

By Ben Nimmo

Since Russia’s attempt to polarize American society and interfere in the 2016 election was exposed, and even more since the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom, accusations of being a “Russian troll” have proliferated online, often with the flimsiest of evidence.

Such accusations do more harm than good, obscuring the ways in which trolls can really be identified and increasing online polarization still further.

In the interests of transparency and reasoned debate, this post lists some of the factors which can be used to identify possible Russian trolls masquerading as citizens of other countries.

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