By Professor Neil Robinson, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Limerick
Opinion: the west needs to make it known that it is above trolling because the majority of Russians want more links with the west
The biggest trolling of all was the Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Russian actions may have had some effect on the electoral outcome. It’s hard to say exactly why a few thousand voters in swing states went for Trump in the end and gave him an electoral college win. But it is more than clear that Russian actions are shaking the US political system and people’s faith in it on an almost daily basis and will continue to do so for some time.