FiveThirtyEight published almost 3 million tweets sent by the Russian Disinformation as a Service company, the Internet Research Agency. Researchers are tackling it. And now the analyses are coming fast and furious.
One point is that they aren't just targeting America. Russia is trying to degrade civility and trust in institutions worldwide:
"The trolls were engaged in a sophisticated and intricate Russian assault on the political debate in America and several other countries. It was an assault waged both before and after the 2016 presidential election — and an assault that appears to continue, at least in some form, to this day."
As might be expected, the trolls decided to zero in on different triggers for right-leaning and left-leaning targets in America:
"Large swaths of the Right Troll network are devoted to topics such as media outlets, free speech, American jobs and discrediting the FBI. The Left Troll network skewed more toward topics such as racism, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement."