Russian Federation social media influence efforts ongoing, US Senate report says

Saul Bowman
December 19, 2018

The study repeats several conclusions that Mueller, the intelligence community and the Senate and House intelligence committees had already made - that numerous postings focused on race, that they were primarily to hurt Democrat Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump, and that the ultimate goal was to sow American division.

Russian agents reached a staggering number of Americans through social media during the 2016 election campaign, and sites like Facebook missed some obvious signs of what was happening, according to a report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Following the New Knowledge report, Warner expressed his frustration with United States tech companies and called for stricter regulation of social media.

When asked by CNN's John Berman on "Anderson Cooper 360" if he was surprised by the continued attacks on American elections, Clapper replied, "Absolutely not".

Facebook Inc's Instagram played a much bigger role in Russia's manipulation of U.S. voters than the company has previously discussed, and will be a key Russian tool in the 2020 elections, according to a report commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"Facebook and Instagram accounts targeted James Comey after President Trump fired him, and targeted the Robert Mueller investigation".

Examples of the content include one IRA-created account called "Blacktivist", which sent out messages that read: "No lives matter to Hillary Clinton".

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The New Knowledge report is one of two reports recently presented to the committee, the other conducted by the University of Oxford in cooperation with digital analytics firm Graphika.

"T$3 he IRA narratives began to actively mock the idea that Russians had interfered in the US election (as described earlier in this report)", it said.

Newly released research reveals Russian Federation targeted Special Counsel Robert Mueller in its disinformation campaign, according to a study conducted for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"These campaigns pushed a message that the best way to advance the cause of the African-American community was to boycott the election and focus on other issues instead", the report said.

As CBS News' Olivia Gazis reported, two new independent analyses revealed this week show the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election were sprawling, multifaceted and sophisticated, affecting millions of users in the USA and persisting long after the election was over. And it notes that spikes in the IRA's advertising and organic activity match up with important dates in US politics, crises and global events.

Facebook posts linked to the IRA "reveal a nuanced and deep knowledge of American culture, media, and influencers in each community the IRA targeted".

Establishment figures of both parties, especially Clinton, were universally panned.


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