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    Report: Russian Trolls Stoked NFL Anthem Controversy

    The Wall Street Journal reports that over the past four years, 491 Twitter accounts linked to the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA) sent more than 12,000 tweets about the NFL or the national anthem. According to Clemson University researchers, the majority of the tweets criticized protests and the league, with a spike in posts during key moments of public debate. And although some trolls have been blocked, researchers identified other IRA-linked accounts continuing to weigh in on issues like Nike’s Colin Kaepernick campaign.

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