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Do you think Russian money influences American Social Media?

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Russia supports MAGA. Supports Donald. Their disinformation campaigns do, at the very least, appear to be very effective in swaying the MAGA public's opinion. The question is now that their propaganda and misinformation campaigns have been hobbled because of their invasion will the gullible's mindsets begin to change?
 

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Russia supports MAGA. Supports Donald. Their disinformation campaigns do, at the very least, appear to be very effective in swaying the MAGA public's opinion. The question is now that their propaganda and misinformation campaigns have been hobbled because of their invasion will the gullible's mindsets begin to change?
Or where will they funnel money to now.
 

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What does that comparison have to do with Russia's money?

Hell, changing the top ten could have been easily done by Facebook, themselves.
 

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What does that comparison have to do with Russia's money?

Hell, changing the top ten could have been easily done by Facebook, themselves.
You wouldn't be able to understand.
 

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What does that comparison have to do with Russia's money?

Hell, changing the top ten could have been easily done by Facebook, themselves.
Oh... So you don't believe the Russians spread propaganda and misinformation on social media? I guess the idea that your opinions have been swayed by Russian bots makes you uncomfortable?





 

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Well, the russians, apparantly, have been funding green movements in the west in effort to cut western oil production and increase their own market share. This is just what we know about, so there's no telling what other movement's they've funded.

that's not saying we shouldn't go green, but should be put into perspective how pressing these topics really are.
 

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Oh... So you don't believe the Russians spread propaganda and misinformation on social media? I guess the idea that your opinions have been swayed by Russian bots makes you uncomfortable?





He still won't be able to understand.
 

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What does that comparison have to do with Russia's money?

Hell, changing the top ten could have been easily done by Facebook, themselves.
Never forget. Donald loves Putin and Putin uses Donald. To put it in extremely crass terms, Donald's Putin's bitch.

 

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What does that comparison have to do with Russia's money?

Hell, changing the top ten could have been easily done by Facebook, themselves.
It's not complicated.

Russia pays for millions of bots and trolls to spread a narrative on social media sites. This creates an artificial popularity for the sites that promote that narrative.

When those bots and trolls suddenly stop operating because Russia shuts down its connections to the rest of the world, it will cause a sudden drop in the popularity of some sites. Observing which sites drop out of the top 10 makes it crystal clear what narrative the Russians are pushing...
 

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Oh... So you don't believe the Russians spread propaganda and misinformation on social media? I guess the idea that your opinions have been swayed by Russian bots makes you uncomfortable?





I spoke about that comparison...not this other stuff.

Try to focus, eh?
 

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It's not complicated.

Russia pays for millions of bots and trolls to spread a narrative on social media sites. This creates an artificial popularity for the sites that promote that narrative.

When those bots and trolls suddenly stop operating because Russia shuts down its connections to the rest of the world, it will cause a sudden drop in the popularity of some sites. Observing which sites drop out of the top 10 makes it crystal clear what narrative the Russians are pushing...
Or...they stopped because Facebook gave them the boot.

But those two lists of top tens don't include bots that I can see. Do you claim that Hannity is taking money from Russia?

Seriously...try to use some "knowledge, reason and logic" here.
 

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Or...they stopped because Facebook gave them the boot.
Not sure if you've been paying attention to current events, but Russia blocked Facebook. That's a big change which should have a noticeable effect on trends. Facebook is always TRYING to ban bots and trolls. Do you think their algorithms and capabilities have changed massively in the last few days? Try to use some knowledge, reason, and logic here. Which explanation is more likely?
But those two lists of top tens don't include bots that I can see. Do you claim that Hannity is taking money from Russia?

Seriously...try to use some "knowledge, reason and logic" here.
You seem to have misunderstood what the data in the OP is. It's a list of "the top-performing link posts" on Facebook. Top performing in this context means the most likes and shares. Someone makes a post. The Russians decide that it is beneficial to Russia if that person's post is promoted. So they send Russian bots and Russian trolls do the liking and the sharing. This strategy becomes obvious when they SUDDENLY STOP sending the bots and the trolls to like and share. The people who WERE being promoted suddenly become less popular. Get it yet?

It's a list of people who MADE THE POSTS so it won't have any bots, and there is nothing here that implies Sean Hannity is taking money from Russia.
 

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I spoke about that comparison...not this other stuff.

Try to focus, eh?
Said the guy who parrots "stuff" he was force fed by Russian bots. Now they've been shut down, what are you gonna parrot?
 

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Not sure if you've been paying attention to current events, but Russia blocked Facebook. That's a big change which should have a noticeable effect on trends. Facebook is always TRYING to ban bots and trolls. Do you think their algorithms and capabilities have changed massively in the last few days? Try to use some knowledge, reason, and logic here. Which explanation is more likely?

You seem to have misunderstood what the data in the OP is. It's a list of "the top-performing link posts" on Facebook. Top performing in this context means the most likes and shares. Someone makes a post. The Russians decide that it is beneficial to Russia if that person's post is promoted. So they send Russian bots and Russian trolls do the liking and the sharing. This strategy becomes obvious when they SUDDENLY STOP sending the bots and the trolls to like and share. The people who WERE being promoted suddenly become less popular. Get it yet?

It's a list of people who MADE THE POSTS so it won't have any bots, and there is nothing here that implies Sean Hannity is taking money from Russia.
It is evidence that he is doing Putin's bidding though. It will be interesting to see how far these personalities will go given that Putin is a pariah now in most of the world.
 
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