Democrats might be thrilled about the Mueller indictment, but claims that the Kremlin influenced the 2016 election toward Trump’s victory remain far from true.
The ads were intended to divide America and erode public confidence in Donald Trump.
On Sunday, Facebook’s vice president of advertising Rob Goldman took to Twitter to state that even though most of the coverage on Russia’s alleged involvement in Trump’s victory at the polls revolves around their supposed attempt to influence the outcome of the election, the Russian ad spend only occurred well after the election.
“I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal,” wrote Goldman on Twitter, whose remarks were cited by President Trump.
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“The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election,” he continued, launching into a condemnation of the mainstream media. “We shared the fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Trump and the election.”
Linking to a Facebook official post, Goldman added: “The main goal of the Russian propaganda and misinformation effort is to divide America by using our institutions, like free speech and social media, against us. It has stoked fear and hatred amongst Americans. It is working incredibly well. We are quite divided as a nation.”
“The single best demonstration of Russia’s true motives is the Houston anti-islamic protest,” continued Goldman. “Americans were literally puppeted into the streets by trolls who organized both the sides of protest.”
As noted by conservative author Jack Posobiec on Sunday, liberal blowhard Michael Moore appeared in a Russian-sponsored protest against Trump at Union Square. Even the venerated New York Times praised the protest, not realizing that they, as Goldman suggests, were “literally puppeted” by Russia’s propaganda machine.
Michael Moore appeared a Russian-sponsored Trump protest. Let that sink in
Here is NY Times praising a Russian-sponsored Trump protest. Awkward
“The Russian campaign is ongoing,” says Goldman. “Just last week saw news that Russian spies attempted to sell a fake video of Trump with a hooker to the NSA. US officials cut off the deal because they were wary of being entangled in a Russian plot to create discord.”
He concluded that the best way for American citizens to fight the Russian disinformation campaign is to become well-educated to their efforts through digital literacy and critical thinking.
As for Facebook, the platform is going to take “aggressive steps to prevent this sort of meddling in the future by requiring verification of all political advertisers and by making all ads on the platform visible to anyone who cares to examine them.”
Transparency will certainly go a long way toward fixing the problem of fake news.
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