Russian Meddling in Major Social Media Identified During Election
A new report released this week by the US Senate says that Russia’s Internet Research Agency had used sites including YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal – as well as Google and Twitter to spread propaganda.
According to Philip N Howard, director of the Oxford Internet Institute, the Russians used a whole family of social media sites to make the campaigns seem more legitimate. The report, put together by the Oxford Internet Institute and social network analysis firm Graphika found a campaign existing across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Tumblr and PayPal where various accounts would promote each other’s posts and events.
It was also reported that when Facebook suspended the group on its platform, the group’s Twitter account complained about the move and accused the firm of “supporting white supremacy”.