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Russia used social media to support Trump in 2016 at direction of Kremlin

Discussion in 'American Politics' started by KCfromNC, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. KCfromNC

    KCfromNC Regular Member

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    ... Senate intelligence report says (article title was too long for the thread title)

    New Senate report says Russia used social media to support Trump at direction of Kremlin

    The Senate committee's key finding in its report, published on Tuesday, says that Russia’s Internet Research Agency “sought to influence the 2016 US presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin."


    “Masquerading as Americans, these operatives used targeted advertisements, intentionally falsified news articles, self-generated contents, and social media platform tools to interact with and attempt to deceive tens of millions of social media users in the United States,” the report says.
    Other articles on the topic mention specifics :

    Russian trolls tried to stoke racial divisions with the NFL kneeling debate and Colin Kaepernick well after 2016, Senate report says

    Russia's 2016 disinformation campaign sought to leverage the NFL national anthem kneeling controversy as part of a broader effort to divide the US and inflame racial divisions, according to the second volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on Russian election interference, which was released on Tuesday.

    The report said that the focus on the NFL kneeling controversy went well beyond 2016 and continued as late as March 2018.

    Interesting how prevalent those topics were here at the time, and how quickly they've seemed to disappear. Wonder if looking at the dates of the various threads started about them would show any correlation to the Republican Senators' reports about Russian propaganda about those same topics?
     
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  2. hislegacy

    hislegacy This is me.

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    WOWSERS!

    Someone needs to call Bob Mueller, 2.5 years, 30,000,000.00, 40 Special Agents, 2,800 subpoenas, 500+ witnesses, over 1,000,000 pages of documents, 19 Attorney's and they couldn't find a connection.

    But the Senate did so in less than 6 months.

    That is amazing
     
  3. SimplyMe

    SimplyMe Senior Veteran

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    Nope, not remotely true. The Mueller Report clearly stated that the Russians interfered in the 2016 election. What the Mueller Report did not find is any prosecutable cases of conspiracy, by the Trump campaign, working with the Russians -- though it did find some individuals within the Trump campaign tried.

    No, this instead largely deflates the "Ukraine interfered" and "Putin said he didn't and I believe him" claims by Trump.
     
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  4. Speedwell

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    Mueller found the connection and indicted a number of Russians for it. The "wowser" will be how the TrumpRight explains away the Republican report that agrees with the Mueller report so they can continue to deny Russian interference.
     
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  5. KCfromNC

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    Hmm, another example of the thing I was talking about in my last paragraph. I'll be curious to see how closely this attempt at spin lines up with the social media posts now known to be coming from Russian intelligence agencies.
     
  6. JohnAshton

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    hislegacy has forgotten that Mueller found all of that and more.
     
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  7. Speedwell

    Speedwell Well-Known Member

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    No, he's just hoping that the rest of us have forgotten. He is also no doubt hoping for some way to discredit or dismiss this Senate report.
     
  8. Ophiolite

    Ophiolite Recalcitrant Procrastinating Ape

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    Lord Nelson famously won the Battle of Copenhagen by ignoring the order of his superior by placing his telescope to his blind eye and declaring "I see no ships." It seems that ones hands have to be placed over both eyes in order to declare "I see no Russian interference." Confirmation bias at its best (?) (worst?).
     
  9. essentialsaltes

    essentialsaltes Stranger in a Strange Land

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    Look, someone who didn't read the Mueller report!
     
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