Get The Facts 2017-08-09T02:57:08+00:00

FACTS:

  • Russians employed thousands of paid internet trolls and botnets to push pro-Trump/Anti-Hilary media to Facebook and Twitter to manipulate the American public and the 2016 Presidential Election

  • The bot traffic was almost entirely pro-Donald Trump.

  • 18% of all Political Tweets in the last week of the election were from Bots

  • The impact of these bots on the election is now part of the FBI-led investigation

  • Most Americans are unaware of the significant impact of these tactics

How it Happened

Sen. Mark Warner at Senate intelligence committee hearing: March 30 2017

“This Russian propaganda on steroids was designed to poison the national conversation in America.  The Russians employed thousands of paid internet trolls and botnets to push out disinformation and fake news at a high volume focusing this material onto your twitter and facebook feeds and flooding our Social Media with misinformation. This fake news and dis information was then hyped by the american media echo chamber and our own social media networks to reach and potentially influence millions of Americans “

McClatchy, March 20th, 2017

“Operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed bots to blitz social media with links to pro-Trump stories at times when the billionaire businessman was on the defensive.” Quote, “The bots` end products were largely millions of twitter and Facebook posts with links to stories on conservative Internet sites such as Breitbart news and Info Wars, as well as Kremlin-backed media outlets like RT and Sputnik News. Some of the stories were false or mixed fact and fiction, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the bot attacks are part of an FBI-led investigation into a multifaceted Russian operation to influence last year’s elections.”

This may be one of the most highly impactful information operations in the history of intelligence,” said one former U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Read the whole article here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139695453.html

The Daily Beast November 16, 2016

According to a new memo compiling data from the election by a team of researchers including Oxford University Professor Philip Howard and  fellow researcher Samuel Woolley described:  “Some of the botnets that supported Trump were more than likely purpose-built to create an illusion of massive online political traction for Trump”.  Woolley said in an email. “These sorts of bots work to create a bandwagon effect among voters who are considering a candidate, or are focused on a specific issue. They also generate a spiral of silence among voters who might not agree with a candidate or issue but who experience a barrage of hugely enhanced content from the Trump bot network.

Read the Whole article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/how-pro-trump-twitter-bots-spread-fake-news.html

The Rachel Maddow Show reported on March 21st, 2017

“Right after the election in November, researchers at Oxford University published a study of nearly 20 million tweets about the election that were sent over the last week of the presidential contest and those researchers determined after all the traffic on twitter about the U.S. election, bots produce nearly 20 percent of it. During the debate, 28% of all Tweets during the debate were sent by electronic bots. over a quarter of all election-related Twitter traffic came from these malicious bots and the bot traffic was almost entirely pro-Donald Trump.

Watch the whole program here  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russian-info-war-tactics-in-us-election-continue-903442499654

It is Still Going On:

The Rachel Maddow Show reported on March 21st, 2017

“When “Huffington Post” did their dive into how Bernie supporters got targeted in this Russian attack, they focused in part on a Bernie Sanders
Facebook page called “Bernie Sanders Lovers” which says it is based in Burlington, Vermont. It is not based in Burlington, Vermont. It`s based
in Albania. and nobody who`s not from Albania appears to have anything to do with that Bernie Sanders site.

But the important thing here is that the Bernie Sanders lovers page run out of Albania, it`s still there. Still running. Still operating. Still churning this stuff out. Now.

This is not part of American politics. This is not, you know, partisan warfare between Republicans and Democrats. This is international warfare
against our country and it did not end on election day. We are still in it.”

Watch the whole program here  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/russian-info-war-tactics-in-us-election-continue-903442499654

Now you know the facts

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