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98 CANT_TRUST_PUTIN Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event-management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social-media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.) The Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action. _____ Pretty vile stuff. What can be done to make these sort of things less influential? (Other than "delete Facebook")
35 wakka-wakka-wakka This kind of thing isnt going to go away, unfortunately. Its as much a problem with hostile nations as it is domestically. The Russian government is taking advantage of constitutional protections that force the media to either a) remain compromised in the eye of the public or b) self-monitor their own content. These media giants are concerned with profit margins, not the infallibility of the information posted by, with, or through them. If that was the case, we wouldnt be in this position now.... So how do you fix it? Do we force the government to monitor sources of traffic and shut down false accounts? That can quickly run afoul of 1st amendment protections and can easily be misused. Russia's aim isnt to spread a particular set of "lies". Its to turn everything into a possible lie. To devalue the idea that the truth is knowable at all, and that theres no point in demanding it. Shame on us for being so unprepared to deal with such a toxic attack, and shame on those who think that this is just "the way it is". Apathy is what Russia wants, not activism. As long as Americans are outraged by attempts to manipulate their views through falsities we will be better off than by simply giving up.
16 nexttimeforsure_eh Where's the dark turn? That article is 4-6 paragraphs long, and says almost nothing other than "fake facebook groups tried to organize rallies, failed, facebook recently took them down"...
10 iushciuweiush >It remains unclear how many people actually showed up to that particular event—**the Facebook event page lists four people as having attended.** Oh fuck, what are we going to do? This is truly a dark turn. We can't let Russians convince four people to meet somewhere. How do we stop this? Is voting democrat enough or do we need to start a whole movement? Help!
2 Tikaani91 This only serves to strengthen my viewpoint on refraining from disclosing political opinions on the internet. The whole Trump/Hillary thing had so many of my friends making an ass of themselves on Facebook and I'm incredibly happy that I stayed out of it, because now they look even *worse* for it.
4 greenSixx Lol, 1 example with 4 people showing up? I won't be surprised that this "investigation" turns up activity similar to this but done by researchers and US universities trying to understand the best and most effective way to use social media to fuck shit up.
0 marinatefoodsfargo Russian bots already heavily downvoting thread.
3 thef1guy Am not sure if Reddit is full of prepubescent teens or critical thinking is seriously lacking in this subreddit. The anti-Russian hivemind are constantly circle-jerking at these endless stories to the point that many people genuinely forget that 60 million sovereign beings actually decided to vote for Trump at their own will, not because of some silly Facebook page which 4 people accepted an invite or some emails showing Hillary Clinton's camp is up to no good. It is almost like the losing side simply cannot accept that Americans did this at their own will and the feeling an external agent has to be the catalyst to them losing is misjudged. Until the losing side accepts that Donald Trump won, not because of Russia or any external agent but as a by product of the populace becoming tired of the same old establishment politics that fails to listen to the concerns of the disenfranchised, usually brushed aside as rednecks or right wings, I suspect that the political divide will get much worse. Stop trying to blame Putin or Russia for all your problems. If you keep looking for an external agent as the cause, you'll never see the actual internal reasons.