A new report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election—and says the operation used every major social media platform to help elect President Trump and to support him while in office.
The report also identifies warning signs social networks missed in 2016, including purchases made in rubles and from Internet addresses in St. Petersburg.
The research—by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika, a network analysis firm—offers new details on how Russians working at the Internet Research Agency, which U.S. officials have charged with criminal offenses for meddling in the 2016 campaign, sliced Americans into key interest groups for the purpose of targeting messages.
The authors, while reliant on data provided by technology companies, highlighted their “belated and uncoordinated response” to the disinformation campaign and, once it was discovered, for not sharing more with investigators.
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