Report: Russian propaganda effort spread fake news

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NEW YORK (AP) — 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, says 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 group says its findings show just how effective the bogus reports were. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed 213 million times.

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4 comments

  • Bob

    The idiots are grasping at straws now. Hillary has no one to blame for her lost but herself. Years of laying and cheating finally caught up with her.

  • Jim E King

    The DNC shot themselves in the foot by backing Hillary & particularly by cheating against a better liked candidate in doing it. Although, out of all the possible candidates, there were only a couple that DIDN’T totally suck & none of them were Republican & only one was Democratic.

  • Jay

    Really because mainstream media in the United States would never spread propaganda right lol anyone looking to find real journalism look at RT NEWS

  • Bud

    Anyone who believes this has an I.Q. lower than a hunk of granite. This story should indicate that the so-called “news organizations” AREN’T. Journalism died with Walter Cronkite. All we have today is “opinion organizations.”