After their supposed successes in the 2016 Presidential election, will the Russians find it as easy to meddle in the 2018 elections? A lot of States have hardened their election systems and that should discourage that issue. The social media giants seem to have declared war on any foreign attempts to influence voters. So where will their focus be for 2018? In this article, you will see that there are still a lot of options open to them to take advantage of. Will they try to hit the racial issues or the law enforcement issues? Read on.
As Written and Reported By William Courtney for Fox News:
In the face of a bipartisan congressional effort to expand sanctions against Russia, the Trump administration is escalating pressure on the Kremlin over its interference in U.S. political life.
The State Department announced last week that it had called in Russia’s top diplomat in Washington and conveyed that the U.S. would “not tolerate” Kremlin “attempts to use social media accounts to promote violent and divisive causes in the U.S.”
U.S. social media companies are also taking actions. Facebook is removing over 30 pages and fake accounts that exploit social divisions and use methods employed by Russian agents who interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Facebook’s diligence and pressure from U.S. authorities may help stem the threat, but by how much is uncertain.
Much of Russia’s tradecraft in 2016, including on social media platforms, has been exposed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments and congressional and media investigations. This diminishes its utility.
One ploy was Moscow’s attempt to manipulate the National Rifle Association, including through the alleged activity of Maria Butina, who federal prosecutors recently charged with conspiracy and acting as a…..
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