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Operation “Lame Rebellion” – Inside a Troll Farm

October 28th, 2019

A commercial troll farm, in Poland, with connections to the state defence industry and supported by money from the State Fund for Disabled People – exposed by Fundacja Reporterow and Investigate Europe.

For the past six-months young Polish journalist, Katarszyna Pruszkiewicz, joined our investigation on disinformation and worked – with the support of IE member Wojciech Ciesla and his Polish journalism NGO Fundacja Reporterow – undercover for a commercial troll farm in Wroclaw. Together with her troll-colleagues she has managed almost 200 fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, has written thousands of messages and comments, promoted her clients’ products and trolled their competitors, run hidden support campaigns for, and smear campaigns against, politicians.

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