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.

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RE[3]: Theire idea was simple.
by bugjacobs on Sat 4th Nov 2017 01:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Theire idea was simple."
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"the Atlantic" ? ...

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"the Atlantic" ? ...

While you've been downvoted, I think you bring up an excellent (yet troubling) point. There is a shift in the way people seem to consume news. Thinking that somehow being from fox or cnn or britebart or theatlantic means "fake news".

News Outlets have always has a bias or specific motivations, whether its to get at a particular subject from a different view point, create/mold common identity (usually state/public run), sow confusion about a topic, or a mercenary drive for views/viewers at all costs. The hope of a "free press" is that out of all that chaos comes a coherent narrative about facts and events. /rant

I have been reading breitbart before it became vogue to bash them...they are as to political news as wccftech is to tech and gaming news, and guess what? I remembered they ALSO covered the russian pys ops and troll farms, as did nytimes and the guardian.

Here is an addendum to my primer:

an ex-employee of one of these troll farms sued one in RUSSIAN court, and won:

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