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Russia’s Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101

“The basic idea is for advertisers to micro-target digital advertising at very specific demographic slices of social-media users to see how they respond” writes Dipayan Ghosh for theatlantic.com. In the election-interference case, the “products” for Russian trolls were divisive political messages about issues like, say, religion.Even “digital natives”— young people most at home in an online information environment—have proven inept at judging credibility. Source: theatlantic.com Share This:

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Kremlin dismisses U.S. election indictment as lacking evidence

“The Kremlin has dismissed a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as lacking evidence” writes Associated Press for sun-sentinel.com. The indictment handed Friday by a federal grand jury alleges that a wealthy entrepreneur with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin funneled money to a so-called “troll farm,” which sent operatives to the United States, created fictitious social media accounts and used them to spread tendentious messages.Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that while the indictment focuses on “Russian nationals” it…

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A Non-Alarmist Reading of the Russia Indictment

“Of course, there’s more to the 2016 Russian effort than the conduct outlined in the new indictment” writes Byron York for washingtonexaminer.com. But in terms of what the Russians paid for social media ads, the indictment just says “thousands” of dollars every month.The indictment says three of the Russian defendants traveled to the U.S. to “collect intelligence for their interference operations.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Russia looms large as US election officials prep for 2018

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, U.S. state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. Still, other secretaries of state and election directors said relationships with DHS had improved dramatically compared with a year ago.That is because the meetings came immediately after U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed an indictment accusing 13 Russians and three Russian companies of conducting a criminal…

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Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

“After initially dismissing concerns that it influenced the 2016 election, Facebook has announced a series of moves to prevent its future misuse” writes Sheera Frenkel for nytimes.com. The indictment does show that Russian operatives used social media — particularly Facebook — to try to sow division among Americans. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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The incredibly complex Italian election is just 2 weeks away — here’s a simplified version of what you need to know

“Italy’s general election is run via a combination of both First Past the Post and Proportional Representation” writes Will Martin for businessinsider.com. Reuters LONDON – Italy’s general election — to be held on March 4 — is a hugely significant event, not just for the country, but for Europe as a whole. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Byron York: A non-alarmist reading of the Mueller Russia indictment

“Of course, there’s more to the 2016 Russian effort than the conduct outlined in the new indictment” writes Byron York for washingtonexaminer.com. But in terms of what the Russians paid for social media ads, the indictment just says “thousands” of dollars every month.The indictment says three of the Russian defendants traveled to the U.S. to “collect intelligence for their interference operations.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Anyone can use Facebook to boost a message. Even Russian agents.

“Mueller’s indictment paints the most complete picture to date of Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 election” writes Adam Rosenberg for mashable.com. Facebook and its photo-sharing site, Instagram, are mentioned dozens of times in the indictment handed down Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller.The Russian influencers — that may be the most apt designation for the individuals named in Mueller’s indictment — used Facebook Groups, ad buys and paid ad boosters, and good, old-fashioned audience development tactics. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Trump Blames Obama & Dems for Failing to Stop Russian Meddling

“Trump criticized General McMaster for not saying at the security conference in Germany where he was speaking that the election results had not been changed as a result of the Russian interference” writes Katie Rogers for nytimes.com. Trump has long fought the idea that Moscow’s efforts might have influenced the election, viewing it as a threat to his legitimacy. Source: nytimes.com Share This:

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