There was a popular political cartoon of yore showing two dogs at a computer desk. Caption-"On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog." The link credits it to a New Yorker cartoon of 1993, but I remember it with a laptop from the early blog era of the early-mid 00s.
Nobody knows you're a Russian, either. Well, almost nobody...
The website they set up to track the Russian campaign, called Hamilton 68 after the eloquent warning in the Federalist Papers from Alexander Hamilton to beware of foreign efforts to hijack U.S. elections, has documented in recent days how even an American tragedy like the Florida school shooting has become fodder for the network of 600 Russia-linked social media accounts the group’s software is following. The trolls, Fly said, were pushing inflammatory pro- and anti-gun control messages within hours of the killings, with “Russian accounts that were jumping on both sides, basically egging Americans on, making everyone angrier, trying to divide us rather than bring us together in a moment of crisis.”
It's a very pernicious tactic, for just about anyone can be accused of having their chains being yanked by Russian trolls save centrists and establshmentarians. There's always quite a bit of pro-Second-Amendment trolling after a mass shooting, some of it more sober but others designed to maximize the anti-liberal propaganda effect. I assume that the left has its share of trolling going on as well.
We're already distrustful of others, and this just amps the distrust. Is that over-the-top FB post legit, or Russian trolling? One can't quite tell without detective work.