Trump, without evidence, blasts social media companies over his followers

They show how, through hundreds of millions of interactions on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the IRA looked for every opportunity to exploit divisions in US society to boost Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Russia's notorious troll farm the Internet Research Agency manipulated social media to discourage African Americans from voting in the 2016 United States presidential election.

The report has been provided to the Senate Senate Intelligence Committee for their investigation into Russian interference.

IRA activity shifted there after the media began to write about Russian activity on Twitter and Facebook.

"As articles began to emerge about election interference - pointing the finger at Russian Federation - the IRA didn't shy away or ignore it", the report by organization New Knowledge said.

As CBS News' Olivia Gazis reported, two new independent analyses revealed this week show the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election were sprawling, multifaceted and sophisticated, affecting millions of users in the US and persisting long after the election was over.


Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the report by the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University and social media specialists Graphika caused "nothing but incomprehension".

It says the troll farm had a three-pronged approach on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to suppress voters: malicious misdirection, such as "text-to-vote scams"; candidate support redirection, such as voting for a third party; and turnout depression, such as, "stay at home on Election Day, your vote doesn't matter".

The report was compiled by the cybersecurity firm, New Knowledge, with data provided by the Senate committee from major tech companies, Facebook, Twitter, and Alphabet, the parent company of Google. It notes that IRA posts on the photo-sharing platform received 187 million engagements, which dwarfed the 76.5 million engagements that IRA posts received on Facebook.

On Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere, the operatives leveled false claims of corruption against Mueller and alleged that Russian interference in the election was a conspiracy theory, the Post said, citing two reports prepared for the US Senate Intelligence Committee. The IRA has been charged by USA officials for interfering in the 2016 election.

Cuomo highlighted how both Russian Federation and Trump's team used targeted ads in a bid to suppress the vote among African-Americans, young women and white liberals. According to these sources, the documents will detail key discussions between Trump officials and Russians, in regard sanctions relief. And it notes that spikes in the IRA's advertising and organic activity match up with important dates in USA politics, crises and worldwide events.

  • Tracy Klein