Troll Tracker

How to trolls talk?

We use machine learning to identify patterns in the language of Russian government trolls.


To analyze content, either click the button below or tag @TrackTheTrolls in reply to a Tweet.


For more information about the inner workings of our model, see our extended explanation.


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All percentages shown in the tool above indicate the scaled confidence (from -100% to +100%) of the model that a text is theoretically a Russian IRA troll Tweet (positive values) or an organic Tweet (negative values) in an evenly distributed dataset.

  • All percentages shown in the tool above indicate the scaled confidence (from -100% to +100%) of the model that a text is theoretically a Russian IRA troll Tweet (positive values) or an organic Tweet (negative values) in an evenly distributed dataset.
  • This is an educational tool; this model is not meant to detect real Russian trolls.
  • Our model is tuned for 2018 discourse on Twitter. It may be less accurate when analyzing content from different time periods.
  • Our model was built using scikit-learn. For more information, see our extended explanation.