......

Study: Russia Used Fake News to Influence US Election

by Cathy Burke
(United States)

A surge of "fake news" during the election was supported by a Russian propaganda campaign that cranked out misleading articles read by millions to fuel distrust in U.S. democracy and its leaders, according to a new study reported by The Washington Post.


"They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests," Clint Watts, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told the Post. "This was their standard mode during the Cold War. The problem is that this was hard to do before social media."

Watts's report on this work, with colleagues Andrew Weisburd and J.M. Berger, appeared on the national security blog War on the Rocks this month.

Another group, PropOrNot, researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds, planned to release its own findings Friday; the Post said it received the report ahead of its release.

The PropOrNot report identifies more than 200 websites that regularly peddled Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans.

On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times, the Post reported.

Some of the stories originated with RT and Sputnik, state-funded Russian information services, the researchers say.

On other occasions, RT, Sputnik and other Russian sites used social-media accounts to amplify misleading stories already circulating online, causing news algorithms to identify them as "trending" topics that would prompt coverage from mainstream news organizations.

In most cases, the "fake news" accounts hurt Hillary Clinton and helped Donald Trump, according to the Post.

"The way that this propaganda apparatus supported Donald Trump was equivalent to some massive amount of a media buy," the executive director of PropOrNot, who asked not to be identified, told the Post. "It was like Russia was running a super PAC for Trump’s campaign. . . . It worked."

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied interfering in the U.S. election or hacking the accounts of election officials.

The Post reported the independent researchers' findings about the mechanics of Russian propaganda operations track previous research by the Rand Corp. and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

"They use our technologies and values against us to sow doubt," said Robert Orttung, a GWU professor who studies Russia. "It’s starting to undermine our democratic system."

Comments for Study: Russia Used Fake News to Influence US Election

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Nov 25, 2016
Rating
starstarstarstarstar

by: Luis

I'm not interested in promoting conspiracies but rather news, or truth, that the mainstream avoids.

However, I must say after reading this article that I have to wonder if there's any truth to this because I have seen a significant increase in traffic to my website, particular from within Russia.

Maybe Russian citizens know something we don't.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Politics in America.

Just Published

  1. What If European NATO Members Spent Their 2 Percent?

    Jul 04, 17 03:01 PM

    United States Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump have repeatedly criticized European nato members for not paying their fair share on military expenditures.

    Read More

  2. TRUMP'S 1ST MONTH BRINGS EMPLOYMENT BOOM

    Mar 08, 17 05:42 PM

    U.S. companies added a whopping 298,000 new jobs in February, beating economists’ expectations by more than 100,000. The report from ADP, a global human resources and payroll firm, provides the first…

    Read More

  3. CHORUS CALLING TRUMP 'AMERICA'S REPRIEVE' GROWS

    Mar 08, 17 05:25 PM

    WND’s CEO, Joseph Farah, whose new book “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age” looks at the ultimate restoration of planet earth, last month asked if Trump’s electi…

    Read More

  4. Trump talks infrastructure with Musk, developers

    Mar 08, 17 04:42 PM

    U.S. President Donald Trump met with business leaders on Wednesday including Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and real estate developers, as the administration seeks partnerships with the private s…

    Read More

  5. The Death of Paper Money and the Mark of the Beast

    Mar 03, 17 05:49 PM

    Paper money is going the way of the dinosaur—extinct. Soon you will be unable to use the paper bills stuffed under your mattress or in your wallet. New technology means that the currencies of the futu…

    Read More

NEED MORE INFORMATION? CLICK HERE


AmericaExtinct is a labor of love. It takes hours each week to research, accumulate and present what you see here.  If you visit often and enjoy the content than that is the greatest compliment you can pay. 

Would you consider joining this worthy cause as a sponsor with either a recurring monthly donation of your choosing or a one-time donation to offset the monthly cost of maintaining this site? 

We appreciate your  patronage and support









The Social Security Retirement Guide. Social Security Expert Reveals How To Maximize Benefits With Strategies Most Retirees Overlook!
Do You Qualify for a TN Visa? Take the Free Quiz and Find out in Less than One Minute!

This short video (that will not be online for much longer) will reveal some simple electricity reducing tips. This is honest information tested by thousands the world over!
Watch this video until the end as it has a surprising twist! 


DIABETES DESTROYER - THIS IS AN INNOVATION AND STEP BY STEP ALL-NATURAL DIABETES SOLUTION THAT WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO START REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES AND PRE-DIABETES IN A LITTLE AS ONE WEEK - CLICK HERE


Still Addicted? 95 percent of recovery programs in the U. S. are not based on solid research and evidence. While many  “lesser-known” techniques produce ASTOUNDING results. There are proven ways to dramatically decrease cravings, urges, intrusive thoughts and withdrawal symptoms. Make sure you watch the whole video as the end will surprise you.