Russian interference in U.S. election 'massive'

U.S. Senate to publish report detailing scope of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election

U.S. Senate to publish report detailing scope of Russian meddling in 2016 U.S. election

Facebook Inc's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Tuesday the company needs to step up its efforts to curb misinformation after research revealed that Russia-backed organizations targeted African-Americans, who favoured Hillary Clinton, to suppress voter turnout during the 2016 election.

The data in the reports "demonstrates how aggressively Russian Federation sought to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology, and how the IRA actively worked to erode trust in our democratic institutions", said the committee's Republican chairman, Richard Burr.

"It is time to get serious in addressing this challenge", Warner said.

America's intelligence agencies determined in January 2017 that Russian Federation, operating under Putin's direction, sought to sway the outcome of the 2016 White House race through a multi-faceted effort aimed at undercutting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton while propping up Republican nominee Donald Trump.

There were 187 million interactions with Instagram content, compared with 77 million on Facebook and 73 million on Twitter, according to a data set of posts between 2015 and 2018, analyzed by New Knowledge, Columbia University and Canfield Research.

"It was very gratifying for me to read about these reports, because they simply reinforce or buttress what we said in our intelligence community assessment in January of 2017", he added.

The report stated the existence of live accounts tied to IRA, some of which have moved their online presence to smaller platforms, as the big social media companies have cracked down on Russian trolling activity.

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The report found that the Russians aimed particular energy at emboldening conservatives on issues including gun rights and immigration. "The symmetry continued right up until the end, in the days leading up to the campaign, the actual election, the Russians went all in on what?"

The influence campaign was run by Internet Research Agency (IRA), a St. Petersburg-based company owned by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The committee collected data from social media companies that was used by the private analysts in their analysis.

The United States has already leveled criminal charges against IRA for interfering in the 2016 campaign.

"It illustrates ... the astute understanding the Russians have of our political ecosystem", James Clapper, former director of National Intelligence, told VOA.

That entity and 13 of its employees have been charged as part of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump denies there was any collusion and calls the Mueller probe a "witch hunt".

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