The Madness in the Mirror

“YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.” These are all examples of the content that ultimately ended up being part of Russian propaganda campaigns to alter the US election. While it’s important to get to the bottom of how they did what they did (and who may have assisted them), it’s also important to note that one of their core techniques was to amplify the negative trends already driving social media: “A New York Times examination of hundreds of those posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.” The real people behind fake news, or how Russia harvested american rage to reshape US politics.

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