Karachay-Cherkessia authorities ready to spend almost 7k on troll factory

Karachay-Cherkessia authorities ready to spend almost 7k on troll factory

The trolls are required to publish messages from different accounts and comments to published texts.

The authorities of the Karachay-Cherkessia have published a tender on the state procurement website for the creation of a ‘cyber squad,’ which will engage in “the organization of preventive activities on the Internet.”

It is the Ministry of Karachay-Cherkessia Republic for Nationalities, Mass Communications, and Press that is ready to spend 460 thousand rubles ($6,761) from the Republic’s budget on the troll factory.

The trolls are required to publish messages from different accounts and comments to published texts, which contain “unreliable data of provocative nature, contributing to the incitement of interfaith and interethnic conflicts.”

At least four ‘correctors of Internet sentiments’ should themselves post articles on social networks. Each of the ‘cyber warriors’ will have to maintain at least nine accounts in at least three social networks. The number of preventive messages is also specified in the tender – up to 75 a week. Each message should not exceed 100 words. The executor is obliged to publish the material received from the ‘customer’ within 24 hours from the moment of receipt. An increase in the number and volume of publications will occur as agreed by the parties.

“We monitor any tenders related to the activity of state structures on the Internet on state procurement website. In this case, it can be seen that the tender was made for a specific performer. Most likely, there will be one application. The customer’s requirements are modest, but this does not mean that they will not be increased after the beginning of the cyber squad’s work. While it is impossible to assert that the creation of ‘troll factories’ is a certain new trend, but the fact is very eloquent,” Artem Kozlyuk, Head of Roskomvoboda – the organization that discovered the tender of the Karachay-Cherkessia authorities – explained to Fontanka.

In addition to 2018, the application indicates the following three years, but so far the amount of expenditure for 2019-2021 is not stated.

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