Russia’s sweeping political disinformation campaign on U.S. social media during the 2016 presidential campaign was more far-reaching than originally thought, according to two reports released Dec. 17 by the U.S. Congress’ Senate intelligence committee.
The first report was compiled by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Research Project and Graphika, a social media analysis firm. The second was compiled by cybersecurity firm New Knowledge.
The Oxford report details how Russians tailored their messages to different groups, including discouraging black voters from going to the polls.
“These campaigns pushed a message that the best way to advance the cause of the African-American community was to boycott the election and focus on other issues instead,” the researchers wrote. At the same time, they sought to get conservative voters to vote for Donald Trump.
The troll farms are still working to stoke racial and political tensions, the report said. (AP)