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Russian troll farm made fake city newspaper Twitter accounts … to spread the real local stories: report

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Agents of the Kremlin-linked troll farm called the Internet Research Agency allegedly created Twitter accounts pretending to be local newspapers — and shared real stories instead of fake news.

According to NPR, at least 48 separate Twitter accounts were created good for the 2016 presidential elections and are designed to look like legitimate city newspapers.

In some cases, they are used in names of newspapers from the past, such as the Chicago Daily News, which folded in 1978.

The accounts, some of which gathered almost 20,000 followers, not deliberately spreading false information, and instead shared credible local news stories without a particular slant.

NPR notes that the plan for such accounts was the creation of trust between the media consumers before you begin to animate wrong information in the shared messages.

“They are for a reason. And if at a given moment, they wanted to operationalize this network of what seemed to be local American news handles, they can have a significant impact on the story about the last news story,” Bret Schafer, a social media analyst for the Alliance for the Safeguard of Democracy, told the outlet.

“But now instead of only online and flooding it with news sites, they have the bills with two years of credible history,” he added.

Since the revelations of the Internet Research Agency’s efforts of misinformation, Twitter, and Facebook suspended hundreds of accounts linked to the group.

According to 2015 New York Times story on the bureau, reportedly has “hundreds of Russians post pro-Kremlin propaganda online under a false identity.” Reports have described the company as a “troll farm.”

Earlier this year, as part of the Special Counsel, to Robert Mueller, the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and the three Russian entities accused of interfering in the U.S. election, including the Internet Research Agency.

In the indictment, the organization was defined as a “Russian organization that deals with operations to interfere with the elections and political processes.”

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.

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