The Russian troll operation which was exposed for targeting the United States in the fall of 2017 did not cease operating after its exposure. Instead, it set up a new batch of troll accounts that posed as Americans to post polarizing content from both ends of the political spectrum.
The “Internet Research Agency” (IRA) in St. Petersburg, Russia, ran thousands of fake Twitter accounts and posted some nine million tweets between 2012 and September 2017. Some accounts targeted the 2016 presidential election, while others were aimed at inflaming partisan anger. Twitter suspended those accounts in September 2017, after the operation was exposed by Russian journalists.Read more