Wired: Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses

Wired: Russia Is Learning How to Bypass Facebook’s Disinfo Defenses. “Since Russia’s stunning influence operations during the 2016 United States presidential race, state and federal officials, researchers, and tech companies have been on high alert for a repeat performance. With the 2020 election now just seven months away, though, newly surfaced social media posts indicate that Russia’s Internet Research Agency is adapting its methods to circumvent those defenses.”

The Daily Beast: Instagram Won’t Pull These Racist, Violent, Russian-Inspired Accounts

The Daily Beast: Instagram Won’t Pull These Racist, Violent, Russian-Inspired Accounts. “Memes published by some of the worst Kremlin-backed trolls of the 2016 campaign are being echoed online by American neo-Confederates. The Russian accounts, overseen by the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), have since been taken down. But American parrot accounts running some of the same racist crap—and worse—are still live on Instagram, an investigation by The Daily Beast and the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab found. At least one of these live accounts claims to belong to a Russian network persona.”

Quartz: How to avoid another Russian-troll misinformation nightmare in 2020

Quartz: How to avoid another Russian-troll misinformation nightmare in 2020. “We typically think of social media platforms—Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc.—as distinct from one another…. This is true for most users. But it’s also true for the trolls and bots that drive disinformation campaigns. This phenomenon helps explain what happened when the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) targeted US social media during and after the 2016 US presidential election.”

National Security Archive: Exploring the Russian Social Media Campaign in Charlottesville

National Security Archive: Exploring the Russian Social Media Campaign in Charlottesville. “The existence of social media campaigns connected by U.S. intelligence to the Russian Government and aimed at destabilizing American politics continues to be the topic of much discussion and study, but case studies accessible to most social media users in America are difficult to produce given the scope of these operations. This posting seeks to provide such a case study as it relates to the IRA’s tactic of playing up both sides of a critical issue. While Russian support to the Trump campaign on social media and through the release of information obtained through cyberattack is well recognized, less well known is IRA amplification of political beliefs and voices specifically selected to increase polarization in American discourse.”

Josh Russell: Comprehensive list of Internet Research Agency Social Media “Groups”

Josh Russell: Comprehensive list of Internet Research Agency Social Media “Groups”. “This is just a collection of all the social media group names that can be found, consider it a living document that I will try to keep updated. I haven’t included twitter handles, email addresses, or websites in this.”