How Russia Spreads Fake News, Explained by a Former Troll

The daily grind was simple: create fake accounts on social media and use them to post comments online as the bosses instructed.

…“We were not even allowed to say anything funny about Putin,” Bespalov says. “We would either talk positively about him or not at all.”

Apart from a few ideological employees who referred to themselves as “Putin’s trolls,” the staff at the factory was mostly indifferent to politics and motivated only by money, says Bespalov. They were paid to meet specific quotas for online comments, blogs and other posts on social media. They were given strict instructions on what issues to write about and how to spin the news of the day.

How Russia Spreads Fake News, Explained by a Former Troll | Time

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