President Donald Trump dares after greeting guests during the congress ball at the White House on December 15, 2018.
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Washington Post got hands on a study compiled for the Senate Information Committee, describing in detail the extent of Russia’s efforts to help President Donald Trump. According to the report, which has not yet been approved by the Senate, the pro trump operation used every major social media platform to a much greater extent than previously thought. It is clear that the information campaign went beyond Facebook and also targeted users on YouTube, Instagram, Google+, Tumblr and even Pinterest.
The report, conducted by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and the Network Analysis Company Graphika, shows how the Russian effort shared Americans into interest groups to facilitate sending messages addressed to them and their interests. The efforts but specifically directed right- or at least high-ranking Americans and were also clearly linked to important political events, such as debates.
“It is clear that all the messages clearly tried to benefit the Republican Party – and especially Donald Trump,” notes the report that will be released alongside another study later this week. “Trump is mentioned most in campaigns aimed at conservative and right-wing voters, where the message encouraged these groups to support their campaign. The main groups that were able to challenge Trump were given messages that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.”
The report also criticizes technology companies for “delayed and uncoordinated response” to the disinformation campaign and then not to be as transparent as possible with researchers trying to study the issue. Help us continue to cover the news and issues that are important to you and Join Slate Plus
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