Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russia used all major social media platforms to aid Trump

Russia used all major social media platforms to aid Trump

The report, prepared by the social media research firm New Knowledge for the Senate Intelligence Committee, details efforts by the Internet Research Agency to "confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members [of Trump's main opposition groups] from voting". "Trump is mentioned most in campaigns targeting conservatives and right-wing voters, where the messaging encouraged those groups to support his campaign".

The bipartisan panel has not said if it endorsed the findings of the report, which was compiled for the Senate by researchers associated with England's University of Oxford, the newspaper reported.

Senator Mark Warner, the committee's top Democrat, said, "These reports demonstrate the extent to which the Russians exploited the fault lines of our society to divide Americans in an attempt to undermine and manipulate our democracy". Intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement that the data shows how aggressively Russian Federation tried to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology and erode trust in institutions.

The Oxford study notes that peaks in Internet Research Agency advertising and organic activity - or posts, shares and comments by users - often corresponded with important dates on the US calendar, crises and global events. In some cases, Facebook ads were targeted at users who had shown interest in particular topics, including black history, the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X. The most popular of the Russian Instagram accounts was @blackstagram, with 303,663 followers.

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The Russian activity went far beyond the three tech companies that provided information, reaching many smaller sites as well.

And the campaign didn't end with Trump's ascent to the White House. But it was not known yet if it had endorsed them.

Per the Post, Russian operatives made false claims on social media accounts that Mueller had worked in the past with "radical Islamic groups". One Russian campaign, which is ongoing according to New Knowledge, seeks to influence opinion on Syria by promoting Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president and a Russian ally.

Facebook posts linked to the IRA "reveal a nuanced and deep knowledge of American culture, media, and influencers in each community the IRA targeted". They also tried to disrupt left-leaning African-American voters by spreading misleading information about how to vote and undermining their faith in elections. Certain memes appeared on pages targeted to younger people, but not older people.

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