Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 09:35 UTC
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As part of this week's hearings into how Russia has used social media to influence American opinion, House lawmakers released several Facebook and Instagram ads linked to Kremlin meddling online. Although lawmakers have not yet released the full cache of ads, which includes about 3,000 examples provided to Congress by Facebook, the so-far disclosed ads offer one of the closest looks yet at the Russian operation.

Some of these ads and fake accounts are quite fascinating - they're clearly designed not just to promote Trump, but also to rile up different groups - from the LGBT community to proponents of the US 2nd amendment - against each other. Oh, and also to pitch a fight between Clinton and Jesus.

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Theire idea was simple.
by dusanyu on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 13:55 UTC
dusanyu
Member since:
2006-01-21

And Sadly it worked. And I am not talking about who is in the White house. They were looking to kick the hornets nest and cause division in the U.S. What better way to weaken a nation than convince it's people that they all Hate each other.

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RE: Theire idea was simple.
by charlieg on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 14:55 in reply to "Theire idea was simple."
charlieg Member since:
2005-07-25

It worked? It was a drop in the ocean. Hillary Clinton spent a BILLION DOLLARS. You think $150k worth of Facebook ads did anything, half of which was spent after the election!?

This whole Russia thing is a distraction. The Clinton campaign paid for information from Russia too. Trump's business dealings with Russia (and Saudi Arabia etc) are more relevant but this whole matter of collusion is a huge red herring as the corporate class and the politicians and consultants that survive on it are trying to distract you from the real problem in America - that its political system has been corrupted and both parties represent their donors instead of voters. It's a big club, and you ain't in it.

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RE[2]: Theire idea was simple.
by slashdev on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 16:27 in reply to "RE: Theire idea was simple."
slashdev Member since:
2006-05-14

First, these ad drops from Facebook is just the tip of the iceburg, I cant wait to see the information from google (which has ad-sense, and youtube) and twitter. These orgs have been warned since at least 2014 about things like bot accounts (russian twitterbots), etc. Also, I would love to know how many 4chan accounts are run from the kremlin.
If you want a look, here is a good primer from 2014:
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/the-kremli...


Second, These what-about-isms are really getting played out. If you think Hilary, the DNC or anyone else isnt being investigated, you've been played by whatever news you are ingesting. Due to the Comey firing we now have to hear INCESSANTLY (yay Trump, yay 24 hour news cycle) about the special counsel Muller's specific investigation. That does not mean the FBI is not investigating other leads, or other national security issues. Its a large law enforcement org with a big budget.

EDIT-removed a double negative!

Edited 2017-11-03 16:29 UTC

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RE[2]: Theire idea was simple.
by zima on Sun 5th Nov 2017 00:06 in reply to "RE: Theire idea was simple."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

this whole matter of collusion is a huge red herring as the corporate class and the politicians and consultants that survive on it are trying to distract you from the real problem in America - that its political system has been corrupted and both parties represent their donors instead of voters. It's a big club, and you ain't in it.

Ultimately, the systems of governance are largely reflections of their populations. Perhaps the people of US get the gov they deserve... how many would, given the chance, say no to getting their slice of political cake / being in the "club"?

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