The whole point of what the Russians are doing is to create as much discord as possible, divide people into discrete groups then eliminate the ones they don’t want.
Look at what beltane and webplodder did early on, on the issue of LGBT in the west. It’s always a hot button issue for some and they came on and declared that it was destroying western culture then defied us to “disprove” them.
They create chaos that divides, they isolate those who they know will never follow along with them slavishly then neutralize them to the greatest degree possible. Like with beltane attacking LoisL who is one of the most independent thinkers here.
The whole point is to create a climate hostile to anyone challenging authority and in the case of Russia that is a murderously vicious totalitarian government that murders its opponents at home and abroad and discredits and intimidates them into silence when that isn’t possible. It also uses formats like Facebook to carry out widespread psych ops that helped elect someone almost certainly hostile to US interests but friendly to Russian interests Donald Trump.
So Putin spends $150,000 to run “ads” on Facebook, has his trolls at work constantly on online forums and his pet hackers break into the DNC to get material that was used to largely fracture the Democrats in the last election. And we get trump in return.
Facebook accounts with apparent Russian ties purchased about $150,000 in political ads aimed at American voters during key periods of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by the social networking company.
The internal Facebook findings – which it said in a blog post it had already turned over to U.S. authorities – comes as the Silicon Valley giant faces intense scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees concerned about how both real internet trolls and fake news bots preyed on U.S. voters during last year’s election.
The Russians are also doing this to break down the EU, one of their big recent successes was the UK Brexit vote.
Britain’s intelligence watchdog is facing demands to examine whether Russian “troll factories” interfered in UK politics, amid mounting evidence that thousands of fake accounts may have been used to influence the Brexit vote.
An investigation by parliament’s powerful intelligence and security committee would represent a significant escalation in the UK’s response after encouragement from senior Labour and Conservative MPs.
Labour’s Mary Creagh asked Theresa May at prime minister’s questions if the committee would urgently evaluate “the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine our democracy”. In reply, May said that she expected the committee to be re-formed imminently.
UK academics have already established that at least 419 Twitter accounts operating from the Kremlin-linked Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) tweeted about Brexit and that thousands of other Russia-based Twitter accounts posted more than 45,000 messages about Brexit in just 48 hours during last year’s referendum.
So yes, this kind of trolling is very serious because it is in fact a new form of warfare by a hostile power.
Disqus has a block function and I use that when I encounter these trolls and use ignore here, there’s no point in exposing yourself to the kind of poison that is being introduced intentionally into our lives by individuals and organizations that represent the worst not best of humanity.