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19 West 4th Street, Room 217
New York, NY 10012 United States

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April 2020

How Pro-Government “Trolls” Influence Online Conversations in Russia

April 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
NYU Politics Department, 19 West 4th Street, Room 217
New York, NY 10012 United States
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In this talk, Dr. Sobolev will explore the behavior and impact of several hundred “trolls” — paid supporters of Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia who were allegedly employed in late 2014 and early 2015 to leave pro-government comments on the popular social media platform LiveJournal. First, he will devise a classification method of the possible objectives that would motivate governments to employ Internet trolls, the strategies trolls use to achieve these objectives, and these strategies' observable implications. Second, combining text…

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