After Shooting of Russian Ambassador, Internet Trolls Have One Message: ‘Franz Ferdinand’

Just hours after the shooting of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov on Monday, before his death was confirmed to the press, social media networks in the U.S. and Europe lit up with echoing references to “Franz Ferdinand,” the Austrian archduke whose assassination sparked the beginning of World War I. The trend showed all the signs of being a coordinated social media campaign to support a simple narrative in advance of today’s summit between the defense and foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran in Moscow to discuss next steps in Syria.