An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

An alleged Saudi troll campaign is targeting a movie about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Bryan Fogel made the investigative documentary "The Dissident" to bring to light alleged free-speech suppression efforts by the Saudi government.

Now his film could be a target of the very forces he seeks to expose.

"The Dissident" saw as many as 500 low audience scores out of 2,300 flood the popular film-rating site Rotten Tomatoes on Jan. 12, filmmakers said, an act they believe came from trolls operating on behalf of the Saudi government who wish to create a false sense of dissatisfaction. The movie's approval rating soon plummeted from above 95% to 68%.

A similar dynamic has also appeared to unfold on the movie site IMDb, which has seen 1,175 one-star reviews flood the site since Saturday. In the previous month, the movie rarely collected more than a few dozen such scores in a given day; many more users gave it the highest rating.

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