Disclaimer: Slightly off-topic.
My bigger concern is how talking about Ruṧsian activity at all has become very hard to do, especially online. Because when someone does, quite frequently a number of accounts come out of the woodwork to try to undercut the comment.
While I don’t condone these attacks at all, this seems like a reasonable and relatively effective, low-cost strategy for hostile actors to engage in, given their vast array of accounts which they can deploy. Might as well use those accounts to undermine anyone talking about their activity, like Mueller, like the FBI, like the intelligence agencies, like Democratic candidates, like individual users, etc.
It’s a sound tactical strategy. I just wish more actual people would notice what’s going on. Just because someone pretends to share your point of view doesn’t mean they are actually on your side. They just pretend to be on the side of everyone so they can then use our biases to their advantage. And other hostile actors have adopted these tactics. Which is a pretty strong sign that there are hostile folks out there who assess that these tactics are very effective.
Edit: FYI, I included the little ṧ in the topic at hand to see if that would reduce the number of attacks. I assume that they are using search tools to find mentions of this term. So perhaps masking it will help. fingers crossed
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