In recent weeks, Facebook has investigated 'suspicious content supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign,' according to the Wall Street Journal, which notes that the company was unable to substantiate claims that 'Trump supporters or Russian actors were involved in any inauthentic activity' (Why they think Trump supporters would be supporting the Democratic candidate with the best chance of toppling the president is anyone's guess).
Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said the company investigated a claim by an outside researcher over suspicious pro-Sanders content, among regular reports it generally receives from the research community. While Facebook actively monitors its platform for political disinformation, not all internal inquiries are escalated to senior officials, as this one was, people familiar with the matter said.
"We investigate each credible claim we receive, just as we did in this instance when an outside researcher contacted us," Mr. Stone said. "To date, we have not been able to substantiate the researcher's claims and we have not been notified by the intelligence community." -WSJ
Twitter, meanwhile, removed 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for violating their "platform manipulation" policy.
It is unknown if the investigation into the alleged pro-Sanders activity is ongoing, or if Facebook had contacted Sanders campaign officials about the pRobe. The WSJ also notes that Sanders was briefed by US officials who told him that Russia is trying to support his campaign for the Democratic nomination, in news that echoes former FBI Director James Comey's 'Steele Dossier' briefing to President Trump - which gave CNN and other outlets license to report wholesale lies that ended in a failed 'witch hunt.'
At least two separate, independent online disinformation researchers have found within the last several months what they believe to be evidence of inauthentic pro-Sanders activity on Facebook that may have links to Russian operatives or Trump supporters, according to one of the people familiar with the matter. At least one of those data sets has been presented to Facebook, which reviewed the material, people familiar with the review said.
Mr. Stone added: "Had we found a campaign of coordinated inauthentic behavior, we would've removed it and announced it publicly, just as we did more than 50 times last year." -WSJ
Facebook has come under pressure from the left for failing to detect and remove Russian misinformation during the 2016 US election - though as Facebook exec RobGoldman said in 2018 (and was immediately forced to issue a Galilean recant), the majority of Russian-linked ad spending happened after the election, and that "swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal."
In short, this WSJ article - and Bernie's briefing on Russian support, may be nothing more than an attempt to smear the increasingly popular socialist.
#7822189 at 2020-01-15 19:54:41 (UTC+1) Q Research General #10012: Dow is up, Jurek is down and China is dealing Edition
Americans Beware! Russia Can Hack Your Brain, Make You Believe Joe Biden Unfit for Oval Office
I suppose it is necessary, considering the bleak and humorless times we live in, to immediately start by acknowledging that the headline is meant as satire, what Webster defines as a form of "ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues."
In other words, nyet, the Kremlin does not have a hotline to the American brain that can trigger card-carrying Democrats to enter a catatonic trance on Election Day and vote against Joe Biden, or any of the other flawless Democratic gems for that matter. By this time, especially following the release of the Mueller Report, you would think that conspiracy theories involving Russia and American democracy would have subsided; instead they've only escalated as the U.S. enters the hot end of the 2020 presidential election campaign.
Courtesy of Bloomberg:
"U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials are assessing whether Russia is trying to undermine Joe Biden in its ongoing disinformation efforts with the former vice president still the front-runner in the race to challenge President Donald Trump, according to two officials familiar with the matter...
Part of the inquiry is to determine whether Russia is trying to weaken Biden by promoting controversy over his past involvement in U.S. policy toward Ukraine while his son worked for an energy company there."
So how exactly does Russia, in a scene straight out of A Clockwork Orange, tap into the frontal lobe section of the U.S. electorate and cause them to lose all confidence in their political favorites?
"A signature trait of Russian President Vladimir Putin 'is his ability to convince people of outright falsehoods,' William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement. 'In America, [the Russians are] using social media and many other tools to inflame social divisions, promote conspiracy theories and sow distrust in our democracy and elections.'"
Yes, somehow those dastardly Russians have outsmarted the brightest and best-paid political strategists in Washington, D.C. by brandishing what amounts to some really persuasive memes over social media, and for just rubles on the dollar. The techies at Wired went so far as to call this epic assault on the fragile American cranium, "meme warfare to divide America." By way of evidence, it cited a very creative meme that screamed, "F*CK THE ELECTIONS," which was intended, as the ironclad argument goes, to cause a number of impressionable Americans to throw up their hands in a fit of collective exasperation and say, 'Ok, that's it. I'm staying at home on Election Day.'
Yes, it's really that easy! Imagine all the money the Russians and their radical new political technologies could have saved guys like casino tycoon, Sheldon Adelson, who showered the Trump campaign with $100 million dollars.
Many of those divisive Russian messages wormed their way onto Facebook, purportedly, where God only knows how many voter brains' turned to maggots and mush just staring at them. Yet one individual who actually recalls seeing one or two of these dangerous memes was RobGoldman, former Vice President for Advertising on Facebook, who revealed via Twitter, another infected social media platform, some interesting information:
"Most of the coverage of Russian meddling involves their attempt to effect the outcome of the 2016 U.S. election. I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal."
Clearly, Goldman seems to have been under the sway of some folk Russian brainwashing technique, pRobably passed down from the time of Rasputin. In any case, Donald Trump himself took great satisfaction from that particular revelation, retweeting it to his millions of minions.
#6997524 at 2019-07-11 21:21:33 (UTC+1) Q Research General #8953: Twitter Problems Edition
Judge Shreds Mueller 'Evidence' Of Kremlin Meddling
A US District court judge has dealt a major blow to special counsel Robert Mueller's theory that the Kremlin engaged in "sweeping and systematic" meddling in the 2016 US election.
Judge Dabney L. Friedrich ruled this week that the Special Counsel's indictment of a Russian troll farm "does not link the defendants to the Russian government," and "alleges only private conduct by private actors."
Following the February, 2018 indictment of three Russian firms and 13 Russian nationals, Mueller's office was caught off guard when some of the Russians actually showed up in US court to defend themselves.
I don't think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that any of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges. Rather, the Mueller prosecutors seem to have obtained the indictment to serve a public relations purpose, laying out the case for interference as understood by the government and lending a veneer of respectability to the Mueller Switch Project. -Powerline Blog
Mueller accused Concord Management and Consulting, LLC of producing propaganda, pretending to be U.S. activists online and posting political content on social media in order to sow discord among American voters. Concord was also accused of "knowingly and intentionally" conspiring to interfere with the 2016 US election.
In doing so, Mueller's office attempted to link Concord to the Kremlin so as to suggest that the Russian meddling came directly from the top.
Not so fast…
Judge Friedrich writes "It is significant and prejudicial that the government itself drew a link between these defendants and the Russian government," adding "In short, the Court concludes that the government violated Rule 57.7 by making or authorizing the release of public statements that linked the defendants' alleged activities to the Russian government…"
This is a major blow not just to Mueller but to the entire "Russian Active Measures" talking point. As the judge acknowledges, the IRA (which, btw, put out juvenile clickbait mostly unrelated to the election) is a private entity & Mueller never establishes a Kremlin connection. pic.twitter.com/WT2n5nZ5Fy
- Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) July 9, 2019
This inconsistency, confirmed by a DC judge, raises new Qs about the validity of Mueller's claim of a "sweeping and systematic" Russian gov't interference campaign. If Mueller was disingenuous in falsely trying to link it to Russian gov't, what else was he disingenuous about?
- Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) July 9, 2019
And as Journalist Aaron Maté further points out, "it's not just a judge recognizing that the Russian troll farm did not act for Russian gov't – it's one of Mueller's own prosecutors. At May 28 hearing, Jonathan Kravis said: "The report does not say that the Russian government participated in" the troll farm's activity."
Update: it's not just a judge recognizing that the Russian troll farm did not act for Russian gov't – it's one of Mueller's own prosecutors. At May 28 hearing, Jonathan Kravis said: "The report does not say that the Russian government participated in" the troll farm's activity: pic.twitter.com/PUgNMbk27z
- Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) July 11, 2019
As for the actual meddling, let's revist a tidbit from February, 2018 - right around the time the Russians were indicted:
Facebook VP of advertising, RobGoldman, tossed a major hand grenade in the "pro-Trump" Russian meddling narrative in February when he fired off a series of tweets the day of the Russian indictments. Most notably, Goldman pointed out that the majority of advertising purchased by Russians on Facebook occurred after the election, were hardly pro-Trump, and they was designed to "sow discord and divide Americans", something which Americans have been quite adept at doing on their own ever since the Fed decided to unleash a record class, wealth, income divide by keeping capital markets artificially afloat at any cost.
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.
- RobGoldman (@Robjective) February 17, 2018
Shortly thereafter, Goldman issued a Galilean recant of his statement - effectively saying he shouldn't have challenged the special counsel's sweeping authority and investigative powers. Shocking.