So do you still believe Russia did not interfere with the 2016 election? Let’s talk about that.
Today, Twitter announced it would be telling 677,000 users they had been “had” by the Russians, and although taking steps to correct the problems, some sites show the problem continues.
Twitter users who interacted with accounts they say were associated with the Kremlin-linked, troll+farm, the Internet Research Agency (IRA) and the Russian government should take precautions immediately!
In October, Twitter contacted the government and identified 3,814 IRA-linked accounts, which posted 176,000 tweets in 10 weeks preceding the election, and another 50,258 automated accounts connected to the Russian government, which tweeted more than a million times.
As the owner of Twitter stated, “Such activity represents a challenge to democratic societies everywhere.”
Still not sure?
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia conducted a sophisticated campaign intended to affect the outcome of the election, which included spreading propaganda and incendiary reports on social media about subjects, such as police brutality, Black Lives Matter, Muslim rights and veterans issues, hoping to sow discord in our country.
Not yet believing?
Facebook acknowledged as many as 126 million users have seen content produced and circulated by Russian operatives.
Google disclosed for the first time that it had found 1,108 videos with 43 hours of content related to the Russian effort on UTube.
Although all of these companies have stepped up security, changed policies and alerted customers, there is still some indication that malicious use of the service continues.
The last effort, lead by Republicans to curtail special counsel Rober Mueller’s investigation into the election meddling, Russian linked accounts amplify a Twitter #hashtag calling for the release of a memo the group hopes will discredit Muellers’ work, claims Hamilton68, a research firm that tracks malicious accounts. #releasethememo was tweeted nearly 4 thousand times in two days.
According to Jonathan Albright, a research director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, says Twitter is still not telling the truth. “Claims they have removed all the hacked contents is false. The fact that there are thousands of posts quickly found is concerning. Such as the 3,746 tweets from IRA-linked accounts still on Twitter.
To think Russia is in our internet business is very scary. They’ve taken hacking to a whole new level, and it isn’t clear yet if they can even be stopped!
It makes me sad to think that information I read and cared about, was lies by the Russian government. Who do we believe anymore? What has happened to our country? Are we mere puppets dangling from the strings of the Russian government?
So maybe there is something to the accusations of “fake news.” The problem is, who is reporting the “fake news?”