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Russians 'Fluent in American Trolling Culture'

Reports say they went after Mueller following the election
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2018 5:35 AM CST
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues.   (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
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(Newser) – After Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate alleged Russian election interference, the same Russian operatives that worked to divide the American people and help President Trump get elected made the special counsel a target, according to two reports prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee. Researchers say the Russians used Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms to attack Mueller as corrupt and paint allegations of Russian election interference as "crackpot conspiracies," the Washington Post reports. One post claimed Mueller had worked with radical Islamic groups. The Russian agents also targeted former FBI chief James Comey as a "dirty cop," according to the researchers, who analyzed more than 10 million posts on social media. More:

  • Humor. The researchers found that the Russians from the Mueller-indicted "Internet Research Agency" were fond of using humor to attack the Mueller investigation. One widely shared image showed Hillary Clinton with the caption: "Everyone I don’t like is A Russian Hacker."

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