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Twitter’s CEO shared tweets from ‘Russian troll farm’ account claiming to be a black woman: report

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is the latest victim of Russia’s propaganda “troll farms.”

According to The Daily Beast, Dorsey retweeted two post from by the account @Crystal1Johnson that claimed to be a black woman but has since been revealed an account made by the Russian Internet Research Agency with links to the Kremlin.

“Rihanna collects her Humanitarian of the Year award from Harvard. She kicked off #WomensHistoryMonth with a bang!” reads one of the tweets Dorsey shared from @Crystal1Johnson in March 2016.

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The next week, he shared another that read “Nobody is born a racist. This picture is so sweet! Teach your children to judge others by the kind of person they are inside.”

The @Crystal1Johnson account was permanently barred from Twitter in August, and Dorsey has since deleted his RT’s. The Beast viewed them using the website Archive.is.

An “exhaustive” investigation by the Russian RBC news agency revealed the “Johnson” account was run out of the St. Petersburg “troll factory.”

Late last month, CNN revealed that the Internet Research Agency purchased Facebook ads aimed at people likely to sympathize with Black Lives Matter activists with a likely purpose of “[amplifying] political discord and fuel an atmosphere of incivility and chaos.” A later report published just a few days ago revealed that in a similar effort, likely Russian trolls masquerading as a group called “Black Fist” paid for self-defense classes for black activists after President Donald Trump’s inauguration this year.

The Beast has not speculated about the purpose of the @Crystal1Johnson account.

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North Korea announces ‘test of very great importance’ occurred at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground: report

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North Korea state media reported on a "successful" test at a missile launch site.

"A very important test took place at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on the afternoon of December 7, 2019," a spokesperson for the Academy of the National Defense Science said.

The spokesperson said the test was "of great significance to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.

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#UPDATE North Korea conducts a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reports, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked https://t.co/abYhRDvBic pic.twitter.com/neCYEQTEhf

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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‘Irony and Outrage’: How different — and how similar — are Samantha Bee and Fox News?

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Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are masters of outrage — not just the emotion, but a genre of political theater — just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are masters of ironic satire. They’re poles apart, and yet — ironically or outrageously — they’re profoundly similar, both in how they’re impacting their audiences, and why their genres emerged when they did. That’s perhaps the central thesis of “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, who’s both a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware and an improv comedian with the troupe ComedySportz Philadelphia. That’s among the many different hats she wears.

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