Photo: Last address of Internet Research Agency. Courtesy of James Hill/NY Times
〉The article centers on hoaxes perpetuated by a shadowy group of Russian trolls
Award-winning journalist Adrian Chen’s internet hoax piece THE AGENCY has hit the market, out from WME. Originally published in June in the New York Times Magazine, the article centers on the true story of when an army of well-paid “trolls” wreaked havoc all around the Internet and in real-life American communities from a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia.
While researching the article, Chen went to St. Petersburg to investigate the shadowy organization, known as the Internet Research Agency. Its employees disseminated pro-Kremlin propaganda, but an elite, secret group also perpetuated hoaxes on Americans, such as a well-orchestrated effort to convince Americans that a Columbian Chemical plant was blown up by ISIS on September 11th of last year, complete with fake YouTube videos, cloned websites, doctored screenshots, and faux Twitter users.
Chen is a New York-based writer whose work has appeared in Wired, New York magazine, and The New York Times. He won a Mirror Award for his articles taking down a moderator on the popular site Reddit who published sexualized photos of woman and underage girls without their consent. He has written extensively on Internet culture, especially virtual communities.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer