Report: Russian propaganda effort spread fake news

November 26, 2016


NEW YORK – A new report suggests a “sophisticated” Russian propaganda campaign helped flood social media with fake news stories leading up to the presidential election.

The Washington Post, citing a yet-to-be published report from independent researchers, said the goal was to punish Hillary Clinton, help Donald Trump, and undermine faith in American democracy.

The report comes from a nonpartisan group of researchers called PropOrNot. The group describes itself as “concerned American citizens” with expertise in computer science, national security and public policy. The researchers say they traced the origins of posts and mapped the connections among accounts that delivered similar messages.

The findings show just how effective the bogus reports and propaganda were, according to the report. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed 213 million times.

While it’s not clear whether fake news and propaganda helped sway the election in Trump’s favor, millions of Americans get their news from what’s shared on Facebook and other social media. In recent months, fake and misleading stories have proliferated, even as Facebook has insisted that they make up a tiny fraction of the overall stuff users share on the site

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    I would suggest ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN also dished out their share of fake news during the election and over the past eight years. Let’s investigate them.

  • Duane L Petersen says:

    The NYT has been spreading communist propaganda since the 1920s and it has taken most of it right from the communist regimes.

  • Tiger says:

    If they are referring to the Wikileaks that was Assange and matter of fact a British Ambassador did a lot of squealing on Clinton. Excuses, excuses The leaks showed all major media working with Podesta and even contained the email where they were going to say Trump a groper and they used the net to find women. All those women including the 13 year old supposedly groped back in the day turned out to be lies.

    They have stooped so low and will continue to do so until they disappear from law suits and the new DOJ and AG taking them down.

    1. ourzoo10 says:

      We all should know by now, anything the lefty commies say is coming straight out of Alinsky’s playbook…..Look over here, pay no attention to what you see over there…They really do think we are all as STOOPID as their followers.

      1. Tiger says:

        Yes they do and they are now calling for all white people to get out of the DNC what does that leave? Blacks, Hispanics and Muslims . I say good

  • reggie says:

    The pot calling the kettle black. Jeff bozos (Amazon) has stated that he bought the Washington Post to “influence”. He hired 20 top journalists to work strictly on bringing Trump down. Anything that rag says, I take as the opposite. I’d trust them as much as I’d trust the NYT, that finally admitted they’re scum.

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