Uplifting Russian tweets

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russia-troll-2020-election-interference-twitter-916482/

Social media (including Facebook, yo): careful what you like and re-post. You may be getting played.

(I normally think The Rolling Stone is junk, but this is dead on.)

(That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It)

«As good marketers, professional trolls manipulate our emotions subtly. In fall 2018, for example, a Russian account we identified called @PoliteMelanie re-crafted an old urban legend, tweeting: “My cousin is studying sociology in university. Last week she and her classmates polled over 1,000 conservative Christians. ‘What would you do if you discovered that your child was a homo sapiens?’ 55% said they would disown them and force them to leave their home.” This tweet, which suggested conservative Christians are not only homophobic but also ignorant, was subtle enough to not feel overtly hateful, but was also aimed directly at multiple cultural stress points, driving a wedge at the point where religiosity and ideology meet. The tweet was also wildly successful, receiving more than 90,000 retweets and nearly 300,000 likes.»

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