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February 2021

How Pro-Government “Trolls” Influence Online Conversations in Russia (with Anton Sobolev, Yale University)

February 12 @ 12:00 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. Anton Sobolev will unpack the technology of the Russian government propaganda and manipulation of online discussions, and establishes the causal effect of government interventions on the online behavior of social media users. Using a novel database on the activity of the state-sponsored online propagandists masquerading as ordinary citizens, the so-called “trolls”, he estimates the impact of troll interventions in online conversation by combining matching techniques with the difference-in-differences approach. His paper finds that the Russian troll…

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