Russia used social media to support Trump on 2016 under Kremlin direction, intelligence report says

A new Senate Intelligence Committee report says Russia used social media during the US 2016 presidential election as part of the Kremlin's efforts to spread misinformation and undermine Hillary Clinton's candidacy in support of Donald Trump.

The Senate Committee's key finding in its report, published on Tuesday, says that the Russian Internet Research Agency “sought to influence the US presidential election on 2016, undermining Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump. towards the Kremlin. ”

"Masked as Americans, these operators used targeted ads, intentionally counterfeit news articles, self-generated content and social media platform tools to interact and try to fool tens of millions of social media users in the United States," the report says.

He continues: "This campaign sought to polarize Americans based on social, ideological and racial differences, sparked real-world events, and was part of a foreign government's secret support for Russia's favorite candidate in the US presidential election."

The report comes as House Democrats launched an impeachment investigation against the president, alleging that he abused his power in a telephone call with Ukraine, in which he urged the president to investigate the origins of the US investigation into interference. in the Russian elections and “corruption” by former Vice President Joe Biden.

There is no evidence that Biden or his son Hunter made a mistake while young Biden worked for a Ukrainian energy company. There is also no evidence to support Trump's repeated allegations that Ukraine was responsible for interfering in the 2016 elections instead of Russia.

The US Intelligence Community has long said that Russia carried out a multifaceted cyber attack in the 2016 elections. Former Special Advisor Robert Mueller said during a public testimony on Capitol Hill that such efforts were made to support Trump's election in the White House.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which investigates Russian interference in the 2016 elections, released on Tuesday the second version of its report titled “Russian Active Measures Campaigns and US 2016 Election Interference Campaign, Volume 2: Media Usage Russia with additional visions. ”

He says Russia's information war campaign "was far-reaching and involved objectives beyond the outcome of the 2016 presidential election."

The committee also provides findings that link the Kremlin's leadership to the controversial Internet Research Agency, which experts say is central to Russia's interference and influence operations.

US intelligence officials warned that Russia was continuing its influence operations on social media and other platforms before the 2020 presidential election, along with other foreign actors such as China and Iran.

Source: The Independent

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