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Spotting Trolls

The Indivisible Troll

What do you do when you spot a troll?

Indivisible has its very own troll account. There are likely more. This one is called "Indivisible Network". We can't be sure where this originates, whether it's Russian or American.  One thing we do know is that it is fake, and includes of three separate eco-systems:

The intent of many political troll accounts is to foment division, either between opposing groups or within like-minded groups. With the Democratic primary on the horizon, we are seeing many attempts to surface divisions within like-minded, liberal-leaning groups. 

This is why it is essential that we educate ourselves and so we can be vigilant.

When you suspect an account is a troll or malicious account, it is best to confirm. If you suspect an account is an imposter, check with the original source. If it turns out to be an imposter, there are several things you can do, depending on which platform you are on.

On Twitter

Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.

Click the more icon on their profile page.

Select Block from the menu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click Block to confirm. That account will no longer be able to follow you, though you are still able to view their profile.

 

 

 

 

From here you can also Report the account. When reporting them, you will need to supply a reason. Typically you would select "They're pretending to be me or someone else" if you think it is a troll imposter.

On Facebook

Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.

Click the more (...) icon, just to the right of the Share button.

Select Block from the menu.

You can also report the page by clicking "Give feedback or report this Page."

And then share the information with people who you know who might be following or responding to the account.