Friday, November 25, 2016

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say - The Washington Post

Maybe the FBI's new Twitter-based initiatives will be able to address this issue by 2020...

"There is no way to know whether the Russian campaign proved decisive in electing Trump, but researchers portray it as part of a broadly effective strategy of sowing distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders. The tactics included penetrating the computers of election officials in several states and releasing troves of hacked emails that embarrassed Clinton in the final months of her campaign.

“They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute who along with two other researchers has tracked Russian propaganda since 2014. “This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media.”"
Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say - The Washington Post
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