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Busted...one of the Indivisible Trolls

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

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. 


What were some of the give-aways?


Imposter Account

  • Poses with a recognizable name with a logo that is not associated with the group

  • Generic logo and profile graphics

  • Account description contained grammatical errors and the language was generic

  • Account is following an unusually high number of accounts, 53K

Provocative Content


The shares on this account are designed to elicit responses from followers/viewers - questions about preferred candidates can be used later to divide based on preferences.

Pinned tweet seeks to elicit favorites from the audience.


This tweet seeks to elicit responses about a high profile House member who has not indicated an interest in running. This has the potential to divide.

The following tweet is a means of identifying followers who could be used to coordinate an in-person rally


What do you do when you spot a troll?

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.

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On Twitter
  1. Go to the profile page of the account you wish to block.

  2. Click the more icon on their profile page.

  3. 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.

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