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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Russia's effort to influence U.S. voters through Facebook and other social media is a "red-hot" focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 election and possible links to President Donald Trump's associates, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Mueller's team of prosecutors and FBI agents is zeroing in on how Russia spread fake and damaging information through social media and is seeking additional evidence from companies like Facebook and Twitter about what happened on their networks, said one of the officials, who asked not to be identified discussing the ongoing investigation. The ability of foreign nations to use social media to manipulate and influence elections and policy is increasingly seen as the soft underbelly of international espionage, another official said, because it doesn't involve the theft of state secrets and the U.S. doesn't have a ready defense to prevent such attacks.

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Agencies including the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are now examining what could be done to prevent similar interference and espionage in future elections, starting with the 2018 midterm congressional vote, the official said. At the same time, Russia is ramping up its hacking operations, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

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The US system of pay to say is ridiculous for any country which purports to represent and support democracy. But so is our support for Saudi Arabia and Israel. But measuring the impact of ads or rumors is difficult, if not impossible. Is everyone except Democrats and Republicans a criminal for spouting off, even if it's total BS?

The real problem is Republicans have been stealing elections for decades and getting away with it.

#1 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-09-13 07:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Facebook Is Still Hiding Crucial Russia Intel From the Public

Fake news, bogus accounts, Kremlin-sponsored trolls -- and little transparency.

www.motherjones.com

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-09-13 08:03 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by bayviking

It really isn't THAT hard. If something goes viral or is simply widely spread - it is having a huge impact. Likes, Shares, etc. How many lies were spread during the election that EVERYONE knew about and the Reich Right believed? All you had to do was look at a conservative's feeds.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-13 09:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

They don't want to admit they were trolled or is it Mueller telling them to keep their mouths shut?

#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-09-13 09:33 PM | Reply

Facebook: We Won't Reveal If Russia Targeted You

Facebook refused to commit to releasing the Kremlin-backed propaganda it uncovered. Users may never know if they were targeted during the election -- or are still being targeted now.

www.thedailybeast.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-09-13 09:44 PM | Reply

"The real problem is Republicans have been stealing elections for decades and getting away with it."

Exactly! Republicans who consider themselves to be honest, upstanding citizens are aware of it but pretend not to be. I just hope Karma catches up to them.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-14 12:14 PM | Reply

"Facebook: We Won't Reveal If Russia Targeted You"

Every patriotic American should boycott Facebook.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-09-14 12:15 PM | Reply

OK Gpete,
Explain it, quantify how $100,000 Russian ads had a bigger impact than the Republican advertising budget... or how those ugly news stories about Hillary still won her the popular vote. It is a fact Gore won the 2000 election and most likely so did Kerry and Clinton. But by changing the count in a few counties Republicans steel it anyway, thanks to the electoral college's weaknesses.

#8 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-09-14 08:06 PM | Reply

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