How to catch a Russian troll on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Don’t be fooled by Russian trolls masquerading as American lefties.

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Russian operation masqueraded as right-wing news site to target U.S. voters

-Reuters

Russian trolls are not just brainwashing right-wing Americans. They’re also targeting the left.

They’re trying to convince you to vote third party or not vote at all.

Their only goal is to get Trump elected by stopping you from voting for Biden. It’s called “demotivational propaganda.”

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Russian trolls and MAGA trolls have identical talking points.

Both use the word “liberal” as a slur against anyone who opposes Trump.

They attack Biden and liberals 24/7, but you never see them attack Republicans or Trump.

In fact, they will attack you if you’re against Trump. They instantly change the topic with whataboutism, to attack Biden.

If you mention that Bernie supports Biden, they will attack Bernie.

Anything to stop you from voting for Biden. Their one and only goal is to help Trump win.

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

-CNN

Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters — and help elect Trump

-Washington Post

Prominent pro-Sanders subreddit WayOfTheBern aims to divide Democrats, says social media analyst

-Associated Press

Bernie Sanders blames vicious Bernie Bros on Russian trolls

-Washington Examiner

New research: Russian trolls used Twitter to attack liberals, conservatives and news media

-Journalists Resource

It Sure Looks Like Trolls Are Weaponizing Call-Out Culture to Weaken Democrats

-Slate

After FBI tip, Facebook says it uncovered Russian meddling

-CNN

Facebook removes Russian accounts that targeted left-leaning Americans

-Politico

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Accounts Linked To Russian ‘Troll Factory’ Targeting Left-Leaning Audiences

-CBS News

A guide to Russian ‘demotivator’ memes

-PRI

There are literally thousands of Russian trolls on US social media. And they’re highly motivated to argue with you, because that’s what they get paid for.

Nearly 1,000 Russian trolls banned from Reddit: Here’s what they posted

-Business Insider

Yep, Russian trolls hit Reddit, too — on r /funny and elsewhere

-Ars Technica

Their tactic is not only to demotivate you by telling you not to vote for Biden.

They’re also instructed to waste as much of your time as possible.

The idea is that you only have a limited amount of energy. Only a limited amount of fight in you.

They want you to waste all your energy on trying to change a Russian troll’s mind. Of course that will never happen, because they get paid to disagree with you.

It doesn’t matter how obviously right you are, or how obviously they’re lying. They will argue with you for hours, to exhaust and frustrate you.

The idea is that it will deplete your will to vocally resist.

Eventually you’ll just give up.

And the next time a Russian troll or a MAGA troll (identical talking points) posts lies about Biden, you won’t have the energy to fight back.

After wasting days of your life pointlessly arguing with Russian trolls, you probably won’t bother to argue when you run across an actual American, who could possibly be convinced with good arguments.

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For easy copy & pasting:

Either Trump or Biden will be the next president. It’s inevitable. Who do you prefer? Trump or Biden?

If the right and the left each have 50% and then a tiny party takes 2% of the vote away from the left, who wins?

Malloy is a German-American novelist and comic artist. Born and raised in Aachen, Germany, he currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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