Russian Facebook campaign focused on fanning the flames of racial tension in America

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Russian Facebook campaign focused on fanning the flames of racial tension in America

Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Sat May 12, 2018 1:00 pm

The Russian company charged with orchestrating a wide-ranging effort to meddle in the 2016 presidential election overwhelmingly focused its barrage of social media advertising on what is arguably America’s rawest political division: race.

The roughly 3,500 Facebook ads were created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency, which is at the center of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s February indictment of 13 Russians and three companies seeking to influence the election.

While some ads focused on topics as banal as business promotion or Pokémon, the company consistently promoted ads designed to inflame race-related tensions. Some dealt with race directly; others dealt with issues fraught with racial and religious baggage such as ads focused on protests over policing, the debate over a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico and relationships with the Muslim community.

The company continued to hammer racial themes even after the election.

USA TODAY Network reporters reviewed each of the 3,517 ads, which were released to the public this week for the first time by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The analysis included not just the content of the ads, but also information that revealed the specific audience targeted, when the ad was posted, roughly how many views it received and how much the ad cost to post.

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Among the findings:

Of the roughly 3,500 ads published this week, more than half — about 1,950 — made express references to race. Those accounted for 25 million ad impressions — a measure of how many times the spot was pulled from a server for transmission to a device.
At least 25% of the ads centered on issues involving crime and policing, often with a racial connotation. Separate ads, launched simultaneously, would stoke suspicion about how police treat black people in one ad, while another encouraged support for pro-police groups.
Divisive racial ad buys averaged about 44 per month from 2015 through the summer of 2016 before seeing a significant increase in the run-up to Election Day. Between September and November 2016, the number of race-related spots rose to 400. An additional 900 were posted after the November election through May

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Re: Russian Facebook campaign focused on fanning the flames of racial tension in America

Post by Guest on Sat May 12, 2018 1:10 pm

Why am I not surprised, but que the Corbynite worshippers, trying to claim this as fake news.

Putin has a clear goal to manipulate and control countries

He has Corbyn in his pocket, that is for sure, with how he has been the worst apologist for Putin

I think with Trump though it has majorly backfired. He clearly helped manipulate the US into voting for Trump, but failed to see the massive ego that Trump has. He helped unleash someone who could not be tamed or controlled. Putin made a mistake there, big time.

Putin really is becoming to be seen, as one of the worst leaders in modern history, who is playing on the susceptibility and gullible nature of humans. Its time the world started to stand up to Putin and stopped appeasing the idiot. Then in 2020, the Americans have to stop listening to the mass crap spouted on the web through deception by Putin and stick two fingers up at both Trump and Putin, by voting against both.


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