A recent report aired by investigative journalist Richard Engle indicated that hundreds of Russian troll farms, bots, unwitting retweeters and post sharers, effectively used our social media to spread lies, malcontent and character assassination. His sources were two different data analysis companies who were given data dumps from each of the major social media outlets and told to see what they could find.
One is called Graphica and specializes in data analysis. They spent seven months studying the data.
Another was the Oxford England Internet Institute and their data scientists -- considered to be some of the best in the world.
These data analysis groups found direct links to different Russian groups. One was housed in St. Petersburg.
The Russians not only wanted to affect our last presidential election, but also to sow distrust and division in our country. They were involved in helping organize demonstrations. They were even contributing to other divisive issues such as the abortion, gun control, anti-vaccine movements. In many cases they were sewing distrust and miss information on both sides of an issue.
They managed to reach and fool over 126 six million social media users.
There’s an old saying: Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice …
Will we be fooled twice in the 2020 election?