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Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election
The best reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, of course, George Papadopoulos – Salon
Boris Johnson met ‘London professor’ linked to FBI’s Russia investigation – The Guardian
Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election – Forbes
Trump: Putin denies interfering in 2016 president election – USA Today – USA TODAY
Permanent Investigation: How the Media Uses the anti-Netanyahu Playbook Against Trump – FrontPage Magazine
Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel – CNN
CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory at … – The Intercept
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Ask the Chinese: Trump’s a straight shooter, a successful businessman and a symptom of American decline – Los Angeles Times
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin – Bloomberg
social media in trump campaign – Google News: Fanning Divisions Through Social Media – New York Times
social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast
Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution – National Post
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home – New York Times
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism? – The Week UK
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0 – Boulder Weekly
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either) – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians – CNBC
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit – Wired.co.uk
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia – Channel NewsAsia
Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda – Nevada Appeal

 

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Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election
 

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How do you run a political campaign that successfully tips the scale in the favor of your candidate? Run lots of advertisements, ones that portray your candidate in a legitimately human light, establish his or her stance on vital issues and projects them as a trustworthy potential leader of the nation. From time to time, a good ol’ smear campaign that cries foul on your opponents weaknesses is also helpful. At least, that’s what the experts tell me. Take one look at some of the advertisements purchased by the Russian propaganda machine on platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google to sabotage the presidential race, however, and you will see just how different they are from any successful political campaign any candidate in this democracy has ever run.

“With our hands stuck to our smartphones and eyes to the screen, social media platforms have evolved as the most efficient modern method to gain visibility. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram openly boast their ability to target specific interest groups within the population who are most likely to engage with and be influenced by the campaign. Political memes are funny and relatable, and they subtly input ideas into people’s heads with great efficiency. Due to the massive reach of these platforms and their content delivery techniques, it is easy to reach and influence millions of people every day via paid campaigns.” – Mayur Patil, Co-Founder at Furor Media

There is a picture of Jesus Christ arm-wrestling an #ImWithHer Satan in an attempt to prevent Hillary Clinton from winning the election. There is a meme about Bernie Sanders calling out the Clinton Foundation on corruption charges. There is an advertisement for a fake event being held in an attempt to allow Texas to secede from the United States. And of course, the weirdest of them all, a campaign promoting a coloring book of Bernie Sanders in hilarious muscular poses as an LGBT superhero. Some of these ads performed poorly, while others boasted click-through rates that were abnormally high and oddly successful. One thing that always remained the same, however, is just how weird these advertisements were. If this was an attempt to hack a democratic election, it was abnormally bizarre.

It’s easy to dismiss these campaigns as nothing more than a joke, but the very fact that they reached millions of viewers across the nation proves just how effective they were. Experts, however, say that the fact that these campaigns were so abnormal and funny was exactly the reason why they were so successful. In a new report released by the Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, authors James Carey and Claire Wardle tell us that the best way to reach a huge audience on a social media platform is to involve as much drama as possible. According to these researchers, advertisements purchased by the foreign propaganda machine were targeted towards a narrow strip of swing voters who weren’t sure which way to lean come election time. The advertisements, despite their initial lack of seriousness, helped confirm for these people their predisposed biases and gave them reason enough to pick one among two opposing candidates both of whom they largely disliked. Better Trump than Hillary, that was the motto of this campaign. Donald Trump may not be perfect, but he is still an outsider, and therefore times better than an establishment-loving Hillary Clinton. You keep hammering this idea into someone’s head long enough, and they will eventually give in.

“It’s hard to imagine that $100,000 in Facebook ads, a small army of Twitter bots, and 18 YouTube channels might have tipped the race for Trump. But the 2016 election was also decided by only several tens of thousands of voters in a handful of counties where swing voters were already deeply suspicious of Clinton. Russia’s Facebook campaign was particularly effective because it confirmed pre-existing narratives that certain segments of Trump voters already had about her.” – Maya Kosoff, Vanity Fair

The propaganda machine ran a very sophisticated social media campaign that depended on the human race’s most basic impulses in an attempt to influence their behavior. Hillary Rotten Clinton. Hillary the Satan. Killary with a K. These ideas were repeatedly hammered into people’s heads as a means to manipulate them on a subconscious level. They may not have agreed with these ads when they saw them, but keep encountering them time after time and they’ll eventually form a subconscious idea that anyone is better than Hillary Clinton. And that, my friends, is how a fiercely hated foreign power with no standing in our nation managed to manipulate our democracy and coerce our wills without us even knowing it.

The best reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, of course, George Papadopoulos – Salon
 


Salon
The best reporting on Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and, of course, George Papadopoulos
Salon
new Propublica logo Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, his protégé Rick Gates and the less well-known Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos have all faced scrutiny before Monday. Here are our favorite stories on …and more »

Boris Johnson met ‘London professor’ linked to FBI’s Russia investigation – The Guardian
 


The Guardian
Boris Johnson met ‘London professor’ linked to FBI’s Russia investigation
The Guardian
Boris Johnson is facing questions about the government’s links to key individuals named by the FBI in its Trump-Russia investigation, following the emergence of a photo of him with Joseph Mifsud, the London professor with high-level Kremlin contacts. 

Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election – Forbes
 

Inside Russia’s Intentionally Bizarre Bid To Sabotage The 2016 Election
Forbes
With our hands stuck to our smartphones and eyes to the screen, social media platforms have evolved as the most efficient modern method to gain visibility. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram openly boast their ability to target specific interest groups  

Trump: Putin denies interfering in 2016 president election – USA Today – USA TODAY
 


USA TODAY
Trump: Putin denies interfering in 2016 president election – USA Today
USA TODAY
HANOI, Vietnam President Trump suggested he believes Vladimir Putin’s claims that Russia did not interfere in last year’s presidential election, trashing U.S. …and more »

Putin, Trump Back Syria Peace Plans During Brief APEC Meeting – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Putin, Trump Back Syria Peace Plans During Brief APEC Meeting
Bloomberg
Putin had expected to meet with Trump at the Asia summit in Danang, but Trump ducked a formal meeting. The two did speak for a few minutes while walking to a group photo session on Saturday. Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of …and more »

Trump says he believes Putin’s election meddling denials – CNN
 


CNN
Trump says he believes Putin’s election meddling denials
CNN
Da Nang, Vietnam (CNN) President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday he’s done confronting Russian President VladimirPutin over his country’s election meddling since it’s insulting to the Russian leader. Trump said he took Putin at his word that Russia …
Trump Says Putin ‘Means It’ About Not Meddling in US ElectionsNew York Times
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Permanent Investigation: How the Media Uses the anti-Netanyahu Playbook Against Trump – FrontPage Magazine
 


FrontPage Magazine
Permanent Investigation: How the Media Uses the anti-Netanyahu Playbook Against Trump
FrontPage Magazine
The scandals and investigations fall into two categories that should be familiar to Trump supporters. Category one scandals link some random billionaire to Netanyahu through a chain of connections. The random billionaire in this case is Indian. Then 

Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel – CNN
 


CNN
Key Trump ally Schiller to appear before House panel
CNN
Trump Jr. took the meeting and the rest is history — it became a major political scandal after it was revealed this summer, nearly one year after it took place, and amid sprawling federal investigations into the Trump campaign’s links to Russia.Trump 
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CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory at … – The Intercept
 


The Intercept
CIA Director Met Advocate of Disputed DNC Hack Theory at …
The Intercept
CIA Director Mike Pompeo met late last month with a former U.S. intelligence official who has become an advocate for a disputed theory that the theft of the …
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social media in trump campaign – Google News: Ask the Chinese: Trump’s a straight shooter, a successful businessman and a symptom of American decline – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Ask the Chinese: Trump’s In Trump, China sees a straight shooter, a successful businessman and a symptom of American decline
Los Angeles Times
People always preferred Trump over Hillary Clinton, says Manya Koetse, editor-in-chief of What’s-on-Weibo, a website reporting social trends in China, though she notes neither was perceived as an ideal candidate. They thought Hillary was  
Is Donald Trump’s China Policy More Sensible Than His Election Campaign Rhetoric?Forbes
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social media in trump campaign – Google News: Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin – Bloomberg
 


Bloomberg
Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin
Bloomberg
Any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with political complications for Trump, as his campaign and his administration face investigations over ties to the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign. Those probes have been heating up in and more »

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: Fanning Divisions Through Social Media – New York Times
 


New York Times
Fanning Divisions Through Social Media
New York Times
More worrisome, however, is the divisive conduct during Donald Trump’s campaign and his continued efforts since taking office to fan the divisions in this country with his bullying racist, misogynistic, hate-encouraging tweets and rallies. This effort  

 social media in trump campaign – Google News

social media in trump campaign – Google News: ‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet – Daily Beast
 


Opposing Views
‘Putin’s Niece,’ Olga Polonskaya, Disappears From the Internet
Daily Beast
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 social media in trump campaign – Google News

Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump – Forbes
 


Forbes
Investigation Of Flynn On Turkey Could Produce Another Plea Deal, And Bring Mueller Closer To Trump
Forbes
If Mueller can make the charges stick, Flynn might well make a plea deal to cooperate on the Russian investigation, like the deal recently made by George Papadopolous, changing the whole legal landscape for the Trump Russian scandal. I wrote about a …
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The Russia Investigation Is Now Also a Turkey Investigation. Good.Slate Magazine (blog)
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution – National Post
 


National Post
Social media propaganda may be a problem without a solution
National Post
Revelations about Russia’s use of Facebook, Google and Twitter to sow discord in the U.S. have led to a lot of discussion about how to keep propaganda out of our social media feeds. Proposals include abandoning likes, making people use their real 
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 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter – Recode
 


Recode
It’s not just a Trump problem we all have to take responsibility for Twitter
Recode
Some 12 percent of Americans believe that social media platforms have had a positive impact on political discourse, while 63 percent believe it has been negative. by Scott … Russian propaganda appeared in our feeds more than 150 million times. It’s 

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home – New York Times
 


New York Times
China Spreads Propaganda to US on Facebook, a Platform It Bans at Home
New York Times
So much do China’s government and companies value Facebook that the country is Facebook’s biggest advertising market in Asia, even as it is the only major country in the region that blocks the social network. A look at the Facebook pages of Chinaand more »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism? – The Week UK
 


The Week UK
Catalan crisis: did Russian hackers fuel separatism?
The Week UK
Spain’s struggle with Catalan separatists may have been exacerbated by Russian hackers engaged in a propaganda effort to divide Europe, it was reported yesterday. The Spanish government-backed Elcano Royal Institute, in Madrid, says that unidentified  

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0 – Boulder Weekly
 


Boulder Weekly
Russia, social media and Cold War 2.0
Boulder Weekly
The Russians are waging Cold War 2.0 today, only they’ve taken the information/propaganda part of it to a whole new level by shifting the battlefield to social media. And this time they aren’t ignoring the cultural and sociological dimensions of the and more »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either) – Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
 


Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either)
Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard
Instagram is a major distributor and re-distributor of IRA propaganda that’s at the very least on par with Twitter. Jonathan Albright, the research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, previously, alarmingly showed how Russia-controlled and more »

 

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians – CNBC
 


CNBC
Congress asks Facebook, Google, and Twitter for information on energy-related ads bought by Russians
CNBC
Republican Lamar Smith of Texas, the chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, sent letters to the companies’ CEOs on Sept. 27; Smith is seeking documents or communication related to those issues or other social mediacontent on …
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Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit – Wired.co.uk
 


Wired.co.uk
Here’s the first evidence Russia used Twitter to influence Brexit
Wired.co.uk
Russian interference in Brexit through targeted social media propaganda can be revealed for the first time. A cache of posts from 2016, seen by WIRED, shows how a coordinated network of Russian-based Twitter accounts spread racial hatred in an attempt  

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia – Channel NewsAsia
 


Channel NewsAsia
Spain concerned over Russian social media activity on Catalonia
Channel NewsAsia
The El Pais daily wrote an editorial Friday denouncing “the intense campaign by Russian media that are close to the Kremlin,” whose “propaganda machine” it accused of siding with the pro-independence movement. Earlier Friday Spain’s Foreign Minister …and more »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News

Russian propaganda on social media – Google News: Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda – Nevada Appeal
 


Nevada Appeal
Fred LaSor: Using social media for propaganda
Nevada Appeal
For this reason, I’m sensitive to what they are trying to accomplish now through social media. Companies like Twitter and Facebook are a natural outlet for Russian propaganda. All it takes is a free account under a false name and you can publish all and more »

 Russian propaganda on social media – Google News


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