Things We Saw Today: A Fake “Antifa” Twitter Account Forgot to Disable Its Russian Geotag

Russia’s Internet propaganda war on the U.S. is continuing apace.

It’s well-known that Russia employs entire troll farms that exist to sow dissent and exploit cultural faultlines online—they’ve used these tactics internally, as well as in countries in Europe and in America. While most Americans have by now at least heard of Russian meddling with actual fake news stories and ads in the last Presidential election, many don’t know that there are active armies of Twitter trolls and bots alongside similar accounts on sites like Facebook and Reddit.

As you can see in the Tweet from the now-disabled “Boston Antifa” account (I guess “Vladivostok paid troll” was taken), the poster seems to be trying to further roil NFL fans by implying the ascendance of “social justice” culture in football. God forbid that there be “gender inclusivity” in the NFL and the availability of hoity-toity “gluten free” food options. Everyone with celiac disease should suffer! Dietary restrictions and choices are for loser elites! Also, creeping inclusivity apparently means that soon all football fans will be required to have multi-colored hair and take bathroom selfies. Talk about a shit post.

It’s worth reading the commentary on Reddit, where many commenters break down the exact Russian tactics at play here. Don’t forget that every time you see a social media post grossly trying to break Americans apart, there’s a very good chance it’s not coming from anywhere near America. And tell your uncle who reposts this kind of stuff on Facebook, too.

That’s it from us, what’d you see today?

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