A high-profile, controversial alt-right blogger that had 70,000 Twitter followers has been unmasked as a fictional “troll” maintained by the Russian government.
Congressional investigators, with cooperation from social media companies, has confirmed Abrams was a creation of the Internet Research Agency, the Russian government’s “troll farm” in St. Petersburg.
Jenna Abrams was branded as a free-thinking American blogger promoting a return to segregation and lamenting problems stemming from “PC culture” running rampant in the nation. Her account gained significant notoriety after “fixing” a nude photograph posted by Kim Kardashian.
On her Medium account, the Internet Research Agency published a blog post entitled “Why do we need to get back to segregation.”
“Humanity has gone full circle. Never mind how many activists of any color died to get rid of segregation, and fought for inclusion, black people want it back. 100 percent free people made their choice, and their choice is segregation,” the fictional Russian blogger wrote.
Her posts and tweets received attention from nearly every national media outlet, including U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, The Washington Post, BBC, and The New York Times. Her comments were also covered by Russian government-funded media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik.
Even former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul engaged Abrams in arguments on Twitter. During the timeframe of February 2015 through August 2016, McFaul responded to Abrams’ posts on at least ten separate occassions.