40 years ago, Americans would have gone to war on news that the Russkies messed with their election process. Nowadays, 65-millions of them cheer on their installed president. But the wall is coming down! We'll have to see how far this goes. The crest of fake news and damaging ads in our Facebook feeds may have had a heavy influence on swinging voters. Facebook already admitted to manipulating sentiments in research projects.
They could have carried out campaigns to push user sentiment, demoralize Clinton supporters and give Trump supporters confidence. Unlike print and TV, online contextual ads are like grabbing smoke: they appear for specific people and then don't necessarily re-appear: all of that impact is untrappable. What can be uncovered: ads, orders for ads and who paid for those orders. One of the fronts of the Russian influence on the election is the online battle to shift the news, bury key stories and silo people so that they don't know who their opponents are or what they're saying. It's not paranoid to consider that Facebook's early funding came from Russian investors, who could have traded money for access to Facebook's inner workings. Any Russian would approve of the U.S. being stuck in a spiral helmed by a petulant child and political novice.
Back to today's news: Mueller has made indictments on:
- Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort surrendered today to special counsel Robert Mueller.
- Rick Gates: The former Trump campaign official also turned himself in this morning.
- George Papadopoulos: Former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign pleaded guilty for making false statements to the FBI.
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