An undercover journalist has uncovered the inner workings of Russia’s notorious “troll factory,” which aims to bolster support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by flooding social media with pro-Kremlin comments.
Fontankathe Russian media outlet that first reported on the dedicated group of internet trolls hired a reporter to infiltrate the propaganda operation, which was being run from an office in a converted factory in St. Petersburg.
The journalist secured the job after responding to an ad posted on the messaging app Telegram by a pro-Kremlin group that wanted to “form the cyberfront that will repel attacks by Western-paid Kiev propagandists.”
In an exposé published yesterday, Fontanka reported that his journalist had been promised 45,000 rubles (370 euros) a month for up to four shifts a week.
The unnamed journalist told how she came to work on her first day and found walls decorated with black flags bearing the letter Z, the symbol of support for the Russian invasion.
New hires were assigned to multiple departments, each focused on posting comments via a social media platform such as Telegram or YouTube.
The leader of the YouTube team, a man named Sasha, sat on a beanbag in a room surrounded by young people and complained about the staff’s competence.
“I’ve dealt with people who would have made two misspellings of ‘Russia,'” he said loudly Fontanka.
“People post online that nobody in Russia supports the authorities – but you can also write something else. Needless to say, the majority of Russians support the authorities. I am someone who supports them. you know yourself You can say: I have friends who support the authorities.”
Paid trolls were given multiple Google accounts to post comments on their chosen social media platform, while bosses threw out advice on what to upload, such as: B. Topics of conversation and quotes from official Russian statements.
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