By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca
NEEPAWA, Man. — As a Canadian sitting in rural Manitoba, it’s hard to believe that we have been unknowingly targeted by cleverly disguised propaganda from a foreign government. But that seems to be the case.
Late last month, data from Clemson University researchers Darren Linvill, an associate professor of communication, and Patrick Warren, an associate professor of economics, was made public. The data compiled by the South Carolina professors was nearly three million tweets from accounts identified as being operated by a well-funded Russian “troll factory,” called the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which has ties to the Russian government.