Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 09:35 UTC

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.

Thread beginning with comment 650553
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by Poseidon on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 22:34 UTC
Member since:

There's truly a lot of media illiterate people commenting here.

The fact that the news media are for sale and money can get involved in politics is something that can be exploited by any foreign power more easily, be it directly or by shell companies seeking favors.

Anyone thinking that money in politics and "money above everything else" is not a problem and what drove this to happen, and that it did get influenced is just rehashing their ideology and ignoring all the investigations and evidence.

A good read would perhaps be specifically media investigations. There's a book called Media/Society: Industries, Images, and Audiences which is a very nice introductory and in depth view into these type of issues and how media influences society and vice versa and what has happened to get us to where we are with media.

Reply Score: 1