Facebook bans fake Russian accounts targeting US voters

  
Via:  jbb  •  7 months ago  •  92 comments

Facebook bans fake Russian accounts targeting US voters
Facebook has banned dozens of accounts linked to a Russian agency that is accused of being behind a mass misinformation campaign. Many of the accounts claimed to be based in Florida and representing activist groups.

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Facebook has banned dozens of accounts linked to a Russian agency that is accused of being behind a mass misinformation campaign. Many of the accounts claimed to be based in Florida and representing activist groups.

Facebook has announced new security measures aimed at preventing its platform from being used to interfere in elections, including the suspension of a network of Russia-based accounts containing "divisive" political messages aimed at US voters.
The social media giant faced heavy criticism over failing to prevent fake accounts based in Russia from spreading misinformation during the 2016 US presidential election campaign.
The company said Monday that the banned networks "showed links" to Russia's Internet Research Agency, which operated a "troll farm" Washington says was instrumental in interfering with the 2016 vote.
Read more: Hackers target democratic institutions in Europe, says Microsoft
Facebook has admitted that the Internet Research Agency was able to exploit the platform to reach 126 million Americans during the election.
In 2018, the US Department Justice indicted the Internet Research Agency for "creating false personas" to operate social media pages "designed to attract US audiences," addressing divisive US political and social issues and "falsely claiming to be controlled by US activists."

A report released Monday by the social media analytics firm Graphika said the takedown involved 50 accounts on the picture sharing platform Instagram, half of which claimed to be based in swing states, especially Florida.
Graphika said the accounts were all linked to the same operation and claimed to represent activist groups from both sides of the political spectrum with a high potential for polarization.
These included "black activist groups, advocates speaking out against police violence, police supporters, LGBT+ groups, Christian conservatives, Muslims, environmentalists, gun-rights activists, southern Confederates and supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump."
Read more: Russian propaganda: 'A multitude of lies and absurd news'
"The operators went to great lengths to hide their origins," said the Graphika report, adding that most of the posts were memes without text.
The campaign also appears to have been created recently, Graphika said, with most of the Instagram accounts in the operation having a low number of followers and a combined total of 75,000 posts.
Amid warnings from US officials of election interference in 2020, other steps announced by Facebook on Monday include labeling posts from state-controlled media, and adding hacking protection and monitoring services for accounts of elected officials and candidates. 
 

Please also see these additional sources

Russian propaganda: 'A multitude of lies and absurd news' 
Kremlin media polarize and undermine democratic processes in Europe using a new form of expansive digital authoritarianism that ­threatens the achievements of liberal ­democracies, says DW's Ingo Mannteufel. (16.05.2019)   
Hackers target democratic institutions in Europe, says Microsoft 
Microsoft has accused Russian hacking group Fancy Bear of launching a series of recent attacks against think tanks in Europe. Cybersecurity is a major concern ahead of European parliamentary elections in May. (20.02.2019)   
Facebook exempts politicians' posts from fact-checking 
The social network has said it won't be an arbiter of appropriate political speech following public scrutiny over freedom of expression versus dubious content. The stance comes ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. (25.09.2019)   
Facebook deletes hundreds of Russian troll pages 
The US technology giant has shut down more than 360 pages and accounts, with some tied to an infamous troll farm. Under immense pressure, Facebook has started to target online influence operations and hate speech. (17.01.2019)   
Who are the Russian trolls indicted by the US? 
Journalist and whistleblower Lyudmila Savchuk once worked at Russia's St. Petersburg-based troll factory, hoping to expose it. She spoke to DW about the recent indictment of Russians on charges of election interference. 

 

 

 
 


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    7 months ago

For those who are still in denial about the imminent threat posed to our nation by hostile Russian influence over our American elections this should be a wake up call. We are under attack by a foreign enemy who desires to misinform you and lead us all into danger. For all of those who are still spreading such harmful foreign propaganda on American social media, the crap we all see which is specifically designed to misinform and divide American voters, this should be a finall warning. They are coming after you. You will be identified and you will be condemned for your blatantly anti-American activities. If it looks fishy and it sounds fishy and it smells fishy then it is probably rank anti-American foreign propaganda...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1    7 months ago
If it looks fishy and it sounds fishy and it smells fishy then it is probably rank anti-American foreign propaganda...

That's pretty much all the Democrats have provided thus far.

Comey, Comey, Comey......  fail

Russia, Russia, Russia.....   fail

Collusion, collusion, Collusion.....   fail

Conspiracy, Conspiracy, Conspiracy....   fail

Mueller, Mueller, Mueller....  fail

Transcript, transcript, transcript....  fail

I will submit that the vast preponderance of anti-American propaganda today is emanating from our very own Congress, predominantly from Adam Schiff and  Nancy Pelosi.  They are accomplishing with hyperbole and rabid anti-Trump invective's, what our adversaries could never have hoped to accomplish with their pathetic "social media" campaigns.   The American people are too smart to believe what foreign idiots try to foment, but the lemmings most certainly will follow blindly behind the rabid anti-trump radicals in their own political party. 

 
 
 
JBB
1.3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.3    7 months ago

The Vegas odds Trump gets impeached are going up hourly now...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.3.2  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.3.1    7 months ago
The Vegas odds Trump gets impeached are going up hourly now...

No shit.

Congratulations on stating the obvious.  

Of course President Trump will be impeached.  The Democrats in their vitriolic hatred of the man will push though Articles of Impeachment from a committee HOPING that the full House of Representatives will vote for impeachment THIS TIME (it has already been tried three times before and failed).  

Of course, that is entirely immaterial as it is an effort in futility as he will remain in office and will not be removed by the Senate.  Then once that debacle has been finalized, President Trump will return to the campaign trail and very likely win his second term in office starting in January 2021 and the 'Never Trump" and 'RESIST' maniacs can reinvent themselves into something new.

 
 
 
JBB
1.3.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @1.3.2    7 months ago

Butt, what about all those pesky Ruskies who are still illegally trying to influence our elections? Doesn't that bother you? Just a bit? Why not then? It should. What about when the shoe is on the other foot? Will it be okay than?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.3.4  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @1.3.3    7 months ago
Butt, what about all those pesky Ruskies who are still illegally trying to influence our elections?

Well, do you know who those "pesky Ruskies" are?  If you have evidence, please provide it immediately to the FBI.  I'm sure they will appreciate your invaluable assistance.

Now, here's a bit of information that has here-to-fore escaped you.  Unless we, as in The United States of America, totally isolate ourselves from all potential sources of correspondence on a global basis, we will always have foreign influence in our elections. FORTUNATELY, the majority of the American population is smart enough to recognize the interference and simply brush it off.  Kind of like I brushed off the insanity of the Schiff reading in Congress.

 
 
 
JBB
2  seeder  JBB    7 months ago

And, they did it without firing a shot just like Khrushchev said they would...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @2    7 months ago

Um.. Where you did you learn your history?

The Soviet Union hasn't existed for decades. IF you think Khruschev was proven right, you need serious remedial help.

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1    7 months ago

Khrushchev said that Russia would one day conquer the US without ever firing a shot and Vlad Putin, by getting Trump elected President, has fulfilled Krushchev's potent prophecy. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    7 months ago

I wonder how many fake Russian accounts there are here on Newstalkers?  Quite a few I bet.  

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.3  seeder  JBB  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.2    7 months ago

A Legion of Dishonor, if you ask me. No Shame! At Long Last...No Shame.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.4  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @2.1.1    7 months ago

Irony that you are spreading fake information in a seed where you claim to be against fake information. Talk about a legion of dishonor.

First, Khrushchev never said that.  

Second, the fake quote was originally attributed to him as a prediction that COMMUNISM would succeed and capitalism would fail.  How do you not get that?  

So while ranting against disinformation, you've provided a fake quote and then you've deliberately  taken the quote out of context to deceive  gullible liberals. 

That's quite a twofer.

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.5  seeder  JBB  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.1.4    7 months ago

Why don't you show me where I actually quoted anyone? Still, the sentiment was correct. So, why don't you give us the exact quote then? That would be helpful...

BTW, the topic is the rampant abuse of American Social Media by bad foreign actors illegally influencing American elections and the steps reputable platforms are taking to stop harmful anti-American foreign propaganda from influencing the 2020 election.

Do you have anything "of value" to contribute on that regard today?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.6  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @2.1.5    7 months ago
reputable platforms

Claiming FACEBOOK is a reputable platform is truly hilarious.  Thanks for the laugh.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
2.1.7  Sean Treacy  replied to  JBB @2.1.5    7 months ago
hy don't you show me where I actually quoted anyone

You falsely claimed "Khrushchev said that Russia would one day conquer the US without ever firing a shot"  

he sentiment was correct. 

So in your world, the USA is a communist appendage of the USSR?  Or do you lack basic comprehension skills? 

While that may be what you wish for (why else would anyone not only use a fake quote but pervert it's meaning to glorify a brutal Communist dictator as a prophet?), the US is still a capitalist Republic.  Sorry for your loss.

o, why don't you give us the exact quote then 

You want an exact quote of an imaginary statement? Is that right?

king to stop harmful anti-American foreign propaganda 

As opposed to anti-American domestic propaganda like you peddle? Or maybe you are one of the last Russian Communists, so this wouldn't apply. I can't tell. 

 
 
 
JBB
2.1.8  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.6    7 months ago

At least Facebook is trying to stop some of the harmful anti-American propaganda and fake news from being spread wholesale to Americans on our internet. Period. That is good enough for me. Do you really wish they would not even try? Are you in favor of any other malicious foreign governments illegally influencing or American election? What about China? What about Israel?

Or, were you just trying to be a bother to me? Huh?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.9  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @2.1.8    7 months ago
At least Facebook is trying to stop some of the harmful anti-American propaganda and fake news from being spread wholesale to Americans on our internet.

Maybe they could instruct the 'main stream media' how to post the truth.  That would be a good start.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.10  Tessylo  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.9    7 months ago

Maybe they could instruct Faux 'news' how to post the truth.  That would be a good start.  

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1.11  XDm9mm  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.10    7 months ago
Maybe they could instruct Faux 'news' how to post the truth.

True.  The main stream media is nothing but 'faux' news, created to conform to the talking points of their controllers.

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
2.1.12  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  XDm9mm @2.1.11    7 months ago
The main stream media is nothing but 'faux' news, created to conform to the talking points of their controllers.

Once you've been convinced that you can only get your news from back ally partisans, their job is done, the back ally partisans own you and can tell you whatever they want and they know you'll gobble it up like obedient little lap dogs. If you think that it's everyone else who have gone crazy and you're the only sane one, the only one who can really see what's going on, it usually turns out to be exactly the opposite.

Donald Trump is a serial liar, but most of his supporters don't see that as a flaw, they see it as a feature. Just because the supposed "MSM" presents negative stories about the known liar in chief, that does not make them "fake news".

The fact is Russia wanted Trump to win. Donald Trump openly admitted he didn't think sanctions on Russia would be necessary if he were President. He openly asked Russia to look for Hillary's deleted emails with the obvious attempt to help his campaign and hurt his opponents and Russia immediately complied regardless of whether you think Trump was serious or not in the public ask. Russia spent $1.25 million a month on fake ads and a social media blitz designed to look domestic instead of foreign. Russia illegally hacked private US citizens and illegally released the emails in an effort to embarrass and hurt Trumps political opponents the same day an embarrassing tape of Trump was released by his opponents. Putin himself openly admitted he wanted Trump as President and directed his government to surreptitiously help Trump get elected.

“President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?” - reporter Jeff Mason

“Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S.–Russia relationship back to normal.” - Vladimir Putin

Putin is nothing but an authoritarian dictator who has had dozens of opponents, dissenters, journalists and defectors assassinated, jailed or disappeared, forcibly took over Russian media, stuffed ballot boxes and used violent tactics and fear to take power and effectively made himself President for life by removing any sort of term limits. And now we've got our own President who Putin helped install many of whose supporters seem to be fine with Russian tactics because the ends justify the means in their warped fascist minds. They're willing to make a deal with the devil if it guarantees the neighbors and fellow American citizens they hate and despise will suffer. Very sad.

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
3  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"    7 months ago

I hear the neocon saber rattling loud and clear.

This happens every election cycle. We spend millions to sway foreign elections in Russia and elsewhere. Other countries do the same.

Should we launch the nukes? What would you like?

Stop trying to redeem Hillary's poorly run campaign. Russia didn't change a single vote. Skipping swing states and ignoring the working class was an epic mistake.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1  Krishna  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @3    7 months ago
I hear the neocon saber rattling loud and clear.

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The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
3.1.1  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"  replied to  Krishna @3.1    7 months ago

It's nice to have a wonderful family that loves you and a beautiful wife and successful career. 

I hope your day gets better.

 
 
 
JBB
3.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  Krishna @3.1    7 months ago

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JBB
4  seeder  JBB    7 months ago

History will be very unkind to those ignominious American fools who advanced Putin's lousy Anti-American agenda on American social media. And, they sadly are legions. Just look around you! Harmful anti-American propaganda is still being spread all over American social media. It was bad in 2016. it is still bad today. It should not be tolerated going forward. Period. Full Stop! Yet, as you see, such behavior has its defenders. Shameless Defenders...

 
 
 
KDMichigan
4.1  KDMichigan  replied to  JBB @4    7 months ago
History will be very unkind to those ignominious American fools who advanced Putin's lousy Anti-American agenda on American social media.

I really doubt that liberals will hold Obama to task for his lead from behind policies. He knew well in advance of Russian meddling and did nothing.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  KDMichigan @4.1    7 months ago

Yeah, we'll fix President Obama, we won't vote for him in 2020.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
4.1.2  KDMichigan  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.1    7 months ago
we won't vote for him in 2020.

The subject is Russian influence on our elections. In case you didn't know, Obama's bitch ass was President at the time. I'm sure even you can manage to look that up on the internet.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5  XDm9mm    7 months ago

What is absolutely fucking hilarious about this particular seed is that the seeder, while lambasting "foreign interference" in our electoral system, uses as his source,

FOREIGN MEDIA

You really can't make this shit up.

The "seeded content" originates from  Deutsche Welle 

 
 
 
JBB
5.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @5    7 months ago

The story is all over American media outside the far rightwing bubble...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @5.1    7 months ago
The same information is all over American media outside the far rightwing bubble...

Then I would suggest you use that as a source.   Or don't you recognize the abject hypocrisy of your own seed?

 
 
 
JBB
5.1.2  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.1    7 months ago

What everyone here can plainly see is that you have not even tried countering the facts that were presented you in any way because you are utterly incapable of doing so and instead you are merely attacking the authorized source and myself the poor messenger. Bad Form! Very bad form, indeed...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.3  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @5.1.2    7 months ago
myself the poor messenger.

poor, poor messenger.

As I noted, if it's all lover American media, use an American media source.  You CAN do that can't you?

Oh, no one is denying that 'facebook' has removed accounts.  They have a history of doing that.  However, their reasons for removals have been questioned numerous times as they have themselves shown appreciable bias.  And yes, that's also "all over American media".

‘Facebook Purge’: List of Some Deleted Accounts on Left & Right

Source:  https://heavy.com/news/2018/10/facebook-purge-list-deleted-accounts/

 
 
 
JBB
5.1.4  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.3    7 months ago

So, your original argument was just to be an annoyance? FAIL! Try again...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.5  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @5.1.4    7 months ago
So, your original argument was just to be an annoyance?

Why are you making that preposterous claim?   You CAN provide a source to support your contention other than FOREIGN MEDIA, can't you?  I provided a link to some questionable Facebook removals but it in no way supports your original claim.

 
 
 
JBB
5.1.6  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.5    7 months ago

Go up top and see my comment 1.1.6 which you had seen previously and then do get back to me about you being serious or just impotently attempting to get under my skin...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.7  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @5.1.6    7 months ago
Go up top and see my comment 1.1.6 which you had seen previously and then do get back to me about you being serious or just impotently attempting to get under my skin...

I'm still waiting for all those American media sources you claimed.  And waiting, and waiting, and waiting..............

 
 
 
JBB
5.1.8  seeder  JBB  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.7    7 months ago

The Washington Post is American. See comment 1.1.6...

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.9  XDm9mm  replied to  JBB @5.1.8    7 months ago
The Washington Post is American

That is debatable.   They publish here, but are radical left progressives.

 
 
 
KDMichigan
5.2  KDMichigan  replied to  XDm9mm @5    7 months ago

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Dismayed Patriot
5.3  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  XDm9mm @5    7 months ago

What's hilarious is someone who uses oversized bold type to make up for the fact that their comment is a beyond moronic attempt to derail the seed without countering a single fact presented in the seeded article.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.3.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @5.3    7 months ago
What's hilarious is someone who uses oversized bold type to make up for the fact that their comment is a beyond moronic attempt to derail the seed without countering a single fact presented in the seeded article.

Wow...   you of all people claiming another is moronic.  Oh, the irony.

 
 
 
It Is ME
6  It Is ME    7 months ago

"Facebook bans fake Russian accounts targeting US voters"

Folks should stop getting all their news and information from Facebook.

256

 
 
 
Tessylo
6.1  Tessylo  replied to  It Is ME @6    7 months ago

I get absolutely zero news from any of the above and very little information about much of anything.  

With facebook there's some cute stuff I like to share with friends and family and that's about it.  

 
 
 
It Is ME
6.1.1  It Is ME  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    7 months ago
With facebook there's some cute stuff I like to share with friends and family and that's about it. 

That's "Great" !

Where do you get your information ?

 
 
 
MrFrost
6.1.2  MrFrost  replied to  Tessylo @6.1    7 months ago

With facebook there's some cute stuff I like to share with friends and family and that's about it.  

Meh, I deactivated my account over 5 years ago. I just got tired of listening to else's problems. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
6.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  It Is ME @6    7 months ago

"Facebok"

It's the best social media platform for Chickens ever invented...

 
 
 
It Is ME
6.2.1  It Is ME  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @6.2    7 months ago
It's the best social media platform for Chickens ever invented...

You still get your mail from there ?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
6.2.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  It Is ME @6.2.1    7 months ago
You still get your mail from there ?

Can you get mail on Facebook (or Facebok)? Have no clue since I've never been on either.

 
 
 
It Is ME
6.2.3  It Is ME  replied to  Dismayed Patriot @6.2.2    7 months ago
Have no clue since I've never been on either.

That you know of ?

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
7  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"    7 months ago

My favorite disinformation campaign was Robert Mueller's lazy attempt to indict Concord Management who bought $1600 worth of ads on social media during the course of the campaign. The mystery troll farm everyone was talking about. No one thought the company would hire actual lawyers and answer the indictment. The prosecutors have yet to furnish the evidence in discovery because there is none. The Judge in the case ordered the Mueller team and the DOJ to stop using the allegation of a troll farm in the press etc because of the lack of evidence.

The Obama administration did nothing about Russian interference because it wasn't a threat. The only collusion occurred when Democrats hired Fusion GPS and a Foreign Intel officer to pay Russian oligarchs for disinformation.

They spied on the Donald and got caught, they then doubled down and wasted three years of the country's time and credibility on this corrupt and false narrative.

The DOJ recently expanded the Durham investigation and has taken possession of a foreign cell phones used by CIA sourced with sims cards provided by John Brennan. The Obama era CIA and Intel community have all lawyered up now and for good reason.

Anyone Remember when Ted Kennedy tried to enlist the KGB to take out Reagan?

Russian collusion isn't new, The democrats have colluded with Russia on several occasions.

Now they want you to believe someone else did? No dice, you got caught again!

 
 
 
JBB
7.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @7    7 months ago

Thank you for finally being brave enough to come out in support of those malicious forces caught spreading misinformation, fake news and harmful anti-American foreign propaganda to Americans on American  internet. That took a lot of guts. Not very many Americans would be willing to come right out for Putin and Russia and against the United States of America butt you just did. Good job fella!  Good jobb indeed. Somebody should sign you up for a gold medal. In, Russia...

 
 
 
MrFrost
7.2  MrFrost  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @7    7 months ago
The Obama administration did nothing about Russian interference because it wasn't a threat.

He gave Russian diplomats 48 hours to get out of the country. 

Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for US election hacking

The Obama administration on Thursday announced its retaliation for Russian efforts to interfere with the US presidential election, ordering sweeping new sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/29/barack-obama-sanctions-russia-election-hack

Almost 4 years later and Dumbass Donny STILL hasn't even admitted Russia attacked our election process. But you want to claim Obama did nothing? This was done the day after the 2016 election. Why wait? Because if Obama had acted before the election, the right would have complained he was trying to influence the election. But since he waited, so as to not unfairly influence the election, the right just complains anyway. No matter what Obama did, the right would just cry about it. 

No dice, you got caught again!

Yes, yes you did. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
7.2.1  Tessylo  replied to  MrFrost @7.2    7 months ago

They just continually claim that President Obama's administration was wiretapping and spying on now 'president' tRump.  

 
 
 
KDMichigan
7.2.2  KDMichigan  replied to  MrFrost @7.2    7 months ago
He gave Russian diplomats 48 hours to get out of the country. 

Do try to keep up. As usual Obama led from behind only acting after the election.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/2018/02/23/obama_knew_russians_were_meddling_-_and_did_nothing_435197.html

 
 
 
It Is ME
7.2.3  It Is ME  replied to  MrFrost @7.2    7 months ago
Obama expels 35 Russian diplomats in retaliation for US election hacking

Were the "Diplomats" on Facebook ?

 
 
 
MrFrost
7.2.4  MrFrost  replied to  KDMichigan @7.2.2    7 months ago
Do try to keep up. As usual Obama led from behind only acting after the election.

So you didn't actually read my post, again. Go back and try again. 

 
 
 
MrFrost
7.2.5  MrFrost  replied to  It Is ME @7.2.3    7 months ago

Were the "Diplomats" on Facebook ?

Ok, were they? 

 
 
 
It Is ME
7.2.6  It Is ME  replied to  MrFrost @7.2.5    7 months ago
Ok, were they? 

Alright....ya gotta clue me in better here.

Was that a "Yes" ….. OR ….. a "NO" ?

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
7.2.7  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  KDMichigan @7.2.2    7 months ago
As usual Obama led from behind only acting after the election.

Actually, there were many things the Obama administration was attempting to do quietly, they even went to McConnell and requested congress to approve some more aggressive actions in response, which of course Mitch rejected no doubt pleased with the idea that Russia was trying to help a Republican get elected.

What the Obama administration didn't do was to come out publicly during the 2016 campaign telling the American people that Russia was behind the hacks and were actively pushing a social media campaign in an attempt to throw the election to Trump, even though that was what was happening. If they had, Republicans would have lost their minds outraged that the Democrats in office were tainting their candidate with Russian ties during the campaign. Only after the election did we find out the Trump campaign was under investigation, unlike the public announcement just days before the election that the Hillary investigation was being reopened. So if the investigation into the Trump campaign was all a Democrat scheme to undermine Trump it makes absolutely no sense that they would wait to reveal it till after the election. If that's the supposed power of some shadowy "deep state" then they're about as powerful as homeless man standing on a milk crate in an ally shouting at the world.

 
 
 
MrFrost
8  MrFrost    7 months ago
Facebook Bans Fake Russian Accounts Targeting US Voters

Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if the Kumquat Pol Pot is the one paying them. 

 
 
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