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Jenna Abrams was a popular figure in right-wing social media circles.Boasting nearly 70,000 followers, Abrams was featured in numerous news articles during the 2016 election, spotlighted by outlets as varied as USA Today, the Washington Post, the BBC, and Yahoo! Her tweet about CNN airing porn during Anthony Bourdain’s show (it didn’t) was reported by numerous outlets. According to information released by House Democrats earlier this week, Abrams was one of more than 2,750 fake Twitter accounts created by employees at the Internet Research Agency, a “troll farm” funded by the Russian government based in St. In addition to the Abrams account, several other popular conservative social media personalities — @Laura Baeley, South Lone Star, Ten_GOP — were all revealed to be troll accounts. According to the Daily Beast, the agency developed a following around the Abrams account by offering humorous, seemingly non-political takes on pop culture figures like Kim Kardashian.
“The more polarized a society, the more vulnerable it is.Flynn wasn’t alone: Donald Trump Jr., Kellyanne Conway and Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign digital director, all retweeted fake Russian Twitter accounts in the month before the election.