Putin Pays Secret Army Of Internet Trolls
By D.B. Hirsch
March 29, 2015 5:00 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com
[su_right_ad]All that great stuff about Vladimir Putin isn’t just American conservatives pining for an American leader just like him.
…Putin pays a secret army of social-media “trolls” to spread fake, glowing posts about him throughout the Internet, former workers have revealed.
“You write, write, write from the point of view of anyone,” one of the roughly 400 pro-Putin propagandists told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
“You could be posing as a housewife who bakes dumplings and suddenly decides, ‘I have an opinion about what Putin said!’ ” explained the ex-staffer, identified only as “Tatiana, 22.”
For a salary of roughly $700 a month, the workers spend 12-hour shifts at computers in a St. Petersburg “troll factory,” blogging and posting comments under aliases.