Russian Trolls Caught Posing As Black Activists

Why are there so many #Russian trolls posing as black activists on Tumblr? Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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“Russian trolls posed as black activists on Tumblr to share political messages before the US presidential election, according to a Buzzfeed investigation.

The accounts allegedly shared content on issues such as police violence to appeal to young African-Americans.

Buzzfeed says it has tied them to the Internet Research Agency, a group known for its pro-Kremlin social media posts.

A researcher at the University of Oxford said there were “parallels” with Russian activity on Facebook.

Jonathan Albright of the Tow Centre for Digital Journalism, who worked with Buzzfeed on the investigation, said the accounts seemed to be part of an “ongoing campaign” that began in early 2015.

Popular posts criticised Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, supported independent Senator Bernie Sanders and highlighted police violence against black communities, according to Buzzfeed.

In one example, the account 4mysquad shared gifs showing a black girl being sexually assaulted by a police officer. The officer was falsely identified as a member of the New York Police Department.

The Tumblr accounts frequently used the same names as some of the 3,814 IRA-backed Twitter accounts identified by the company in its report to Congress, according to Buzzfeed.”

Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen

Cast: Ana Kasparian, Mark Thompson, Maytha Alhassen

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