Job ads reveal work of Russian troll farm employees
Job postings for the Russian troll factory that allegedly meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election sought prospective employees with coding and social media skills and promised work on “interesting projects.”
The job listings for the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency were placed on Russian employment websites in 2014 and 2015, BuzzFeed News reported Thursday. Some of the listings first surfaced on a blog Wednesday.
One listing for a social media specialist position advertised a monthly salary of 40,000 rubles – about $700 – and said the job would require composing “thematic posts,” monitoring social media and growing social followings, according to BuzzFeed.
Another listing for a web programmer job offered prospective employees 60,000 rubles per month, or about $1,060, and advertised that the successful candidate would be part of a “friendly team” and work on “interesting projects.”
According to BuzzFeed, another job listing sought a content manager for a monthly salary of 40,000 rubles. That position also required employees to monitor social media and write “thematic posts.”
The Internet Research Agency returned to the spotlight last week after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies for their alleged roles in a plot to disrupt and influence the U.S. presidential election.
The indictment laid out a stunning example of how a foreign government worked to meddle in a U.S. election, including by allegedly creating false U.S. personas and stealing the identities of real Americans in order to interfere in the White House race.
The Russian government has denied that it interfered in the election.