How to Tell a Russian Troll from a Regular Joe

The Russian trolls who masqueraded as Americans to amplify divisive content on Twitter sure didn’t work too hard at it.

They most often identified their location as just the U.S. – no city or state – followed by Moscow, St. Petersburg and Russia. The Internet Research Agency, the troll farm identified in Robert Mueller’s indictment, is based in St. Petersburg and has been identified as an arm of the Russian government’s propaganda operation.

Talk about lazy. According to a new study, most U.S. Twitter users specify a state or town or don’t give a location at all.

Another technical tidbit – the Internet Research Agency used the Twitter Web Client half the time when posting, whereas most regular users were more likely to use mobile apps or a platform like TweetDeck.

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