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How Putin Harvested "Conservative" Mopes to Degrade the U.S.
« on: October 10, 2017, 11:07:11 AM »
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/technology/russia-election-facebook-ads-rage.html?_r=0

YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.

All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company that has carried out propaganda campaigns for the Kremlin, and which is now believed to be at the center of a far-reaching Russian program to influence the 2016 presidential election.

A New York Times examination of hundreds of those posts shows that one of the most powerful weapons that Russian agents used to reshape American politics was the anger, passion and misinformation that real Americans were broadcasting across social media platforms.

The Russian pages — with names like “Being Patriotic,” “Secured Borders” and “Blacktivist” — cribbed complaints about federal agents from one conservative website, and a gauzy article about a veteran who became an entrepreneur from People magazine. They took descriptions and videos of police beatings from genuine YouTube and Facebook accounts and reposted them, sometimes lightly edited for maximum effect.

Other posts on the Russian pages used stilted language or phrases rarely found in American English. Yet their use of borrowed ideas and arguments from Americans, which were already resonating among conservatives and liberals, demonstrated a deft understanding of the political terrain. The Russians also paid Facebook to promote their posts in the feeds of American Facebook users, helping them test what content would circulate most widely, and among which audiences.

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Re: How Putin Harvested "Conservative" Mopes to Degrade the U.S.
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 11:48:24 AM »
Russia wants the USA to be divided.   Trumpsters are Russia's useful idiots, particularly prone to manipulation because they will believe anything which supports their pre-conceived racism, xenophobia and nativism.       
So let's see how fucking brilliant I truly am.
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Re: How Putin Harvested "Conservative" Mopes to Degrade the U.S.
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 11:51:48 AM »
What does Putin have to lose by making us weaker and redirecting our resolve away from his criminal activities?

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Re: How Putin Harvested "Conservative" Mopes to Degrade the U.S.
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 03:21:22 PM »
Russia wants the USA to be divided.     

The USA is already divided without the help from Putin.

It is called the culture wars.

conservatism good versus liberalism evil.
right versus wrong.
common sense versus stupidity.

the liberal left is trying to erase any and everything about the USA's history and greatness.

the fact is the USA is the greatest nation ever conceived in the history of the world.
Everything is on its way to somewhere. Everything.