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In 2018, Twitter identified nearly 4000 accounts associated with a single Russian owned company which were responsible for close to 176,000 tweets in the 10 weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election. That same company was spotlighted in the official “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Elections” released by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2019. The investigation revealed that the company had paid employees, referred to as “specialists”, that were responsible for posing as U.S. citizens and political activist groups on English speaking social media platforms. When posing as individuals their goal seemed to be weaving Pro-Russia propaganda and disinformation into seemingly non-political ponderings of your everyday citizen. This company has been linked to spoof-websites that try to pose as credible news sources and sources of information in order to spread stories that are either false or misleading and aimed at widening divisions within the geo-political landscape of not only the U.S. but around the world as well. This case file the Theorists dive into the world of disinformation and the factory of fake-news known as…The Internet Research Agency.

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