Russian rolling, election intervention, propaganda messaging has always been designed to create chaos in the targeted state. This is nothing new. What is new, however, is the depth of stupidity of the media and certain (Leftist) parties helping them by over-estimating/emphasizing their input.
RUSSIAN TWITTER TROLLING SPLIT BETWEEN LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE MESSAGES
Despite false claims by Democrats and their media outlets, Russian trolling on Facebook was divided and meant to spread division across the spectrum.
It also reveals that the Russians bought over 1,000 ads targeting African-Americans and less than 300 targeting conservatives. There were 81 social justice ads and only 24 patriotism ads, 66 pro-gun ads and 70 LGBT ads, 43 veteran ads and 57 Muslim ads, not to mention 143 Latin American culture ads.
The African-American ads also produced over 1.5 million clicks while the conservative ads produced well below 500,000. The former ads also racked up over 15 million impressions while the conservative ads scored below 6 million. Not only did the Russians seem to spend less time and achieve fewer result by targeting conservatives, but they produced more clicks, 548,139, by targeting Latinos.
So the actual story of Russia’s Facebook operations is that they targeted African-Americans and even Latinos more than conservatives. That would be entirely in line with Russia’s past propaganda, and its influence operations in the United States, but it doesn’t fit the Clinton conspiracy theory.
The Oxford report is even forced to concede that the Russians hit Muslims with “pro-Clinton” messages and that the Russians had “targeted Canadians with ads encouraging donations to Justin Trudeau’s campaign.”
The media is misreporting Symantec’s report on Russian Twitter trolling while emphasizing the least meaningful part of it, the monetization of the links.