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Russians orchestrated several social media platforms in massive operation to influence U.S elections

Gabriella Muñoz The Washington TimesDecember 17, 2018

Two third-party research groups detailed how Russians agents orchestrated a massive manipulation of American social media platforms in their attempts to influence U.S. elections.

Reports from Oxford University/Graphika and New Knowledge prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee found that Russia’s Internet Research Agency reached tens of millions of American users on sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Instagram, a subsidiary of Facebook, was by far the hot spot for the Russian actors.

New Knowledge found there were approximately 187 million engagements on that site because of “memes,” compared to the estimated 77 million on Facebook and about 73 million on Twitter.

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