Russia probe

More On Russian Trolls Organizing US Activists

October 17, 2017 2:56 p.m.

We’ve been combing through a huge new report out today from the Russian news agency RBC, whose investigators previously helped TPM identify a Twitter account, @tpartynews, that was run by the notorious Russian troll farm that purchased $100,000 worth of Facebook ads.

Sam Thielman has been in touch with the RBC team and is finalizing his own story as I write. The key takeaway is that the troll farm recruited as many as 100 U.S. activists to organize events, without those activists’ knowledge of the real scheme behind their organizing.

More to come from us on this shortly.

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