The extent of toxic content disseminated by Russian agents and entities during US election campaign is far greater than technological giants had so far admitted. Facebook, Google and Twitter declared this Tuesday before U.S. Senate that Russian publications hosted on ir platforms are counted by tons: Facebook reached 126 million users, which is equivalent to a third of population of Country, and accounts on Twitter exceed 2,700. Google, in addition, admitted for first time that videos had been published with Hand of Russia behind (more than a thousand).Learn More
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The goal was to influence American vote to favor Donald Trump's arrival in power, according to U.S. intelligence and FBI, who point directly to Vladimir Putin as responsible. The operation was carried out through piracy of emails of Democratic Party and, especially, through tons of apocryphal information or conspiracy ories that sought to degrade Hillary Clinton's candidacy and create friction In United States. That's why Silicon Valley has been seen in center of so-called Russian plot, because its networks were main broadcasters of content as false as that famous support from Pope Francis to Trump or sordid story of a pattern of paedophilia that stained Democrats.
The publications were "an insidious attempt to divide people," according to Senate statement by Facebook's general counsel Colin Stretch, to which U.S. press had access day before hearing.
According to Facebook, a Kremlin-related company called Internet Research Agency, located in San Petersburg, made up 80,000 publications on its platform between January 2015 and August 2017 that were exposed to 29 million of users. According to documentation released day before by American press, se were viralizaron until reaching 127 million of accounts, when first estimate of American company on effects of so-called fake news of plot Russian had been only 10 million. In beginning, firm's own president, Mark Zuckerberg, showed disdain for case of junk content and its possible effects on elections, but had to rectify later and now shows that problem was much more serious than detected or admitted in First instance.
The so-called Russian plot puts in an awkward situation giants of Silicon Valley, who always defend that y are not informative companies but can not dissociate mselves from ir responsibility in virality of falsehoods. Twitter, for example, has identified 2,752 accounts allegedly controlled by Russian agents, when up to now had spoken of 201, which have been suspended. In addition, company has detected more than 36,000 bots (a kind of robot or fake Internet user that operates automatically) that performed 1.4 million tweets. These, emphasize Twitter, do not reach 1% of total of messages related to elections.
The more than 1,000 videos with Russian interests behind which Google has identified on its Youtube platform are equivalent to 43 hours of content that were published between 2015 and summer of 2017, but company points to that y had little public. Many are linked to aforementioned Internet Research Agency. In a joint communiqué, Director of security and information, Richard Salgado, and general counsel, Kent Walker, pledged to find a way to combat se contents. On or hand, company analyzes advertising inserted. This also worries Twitter, which at end of October made an announcement of political draught: Russian media Russia Today and Sputnik could no longer buy ads on social network because of ir attempt to interfere in American elections, according to intelligence American.
All this plot and possible collaboration of Trump's team in it is investigated by U.S. Senate and, in parallel, by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who has been endowed with an investigative jury and held on Monday first arrests. The indictment of Paul Manafort, exdirector of Trump's campaign, for acting as a lobbyist not registered to a Ukrainian politician akin to Putin and withholding millions of dollars from Treasury has meant 12 criminal charges with a partner named Rick Gates.
These actions do not correspond to period in which he worked for US president today, but he longs for Moscow's suspicion of influence in Trump environment. More explosive for that line of research, that of possible conchabanza between Russia and Trump, is confession of advisor George Papadopoulos, who has recognized contacts with a person close to Kremlin who had promised him damaging information about Clinton.
On verge of a year of Donald Trump's electoral victory, shadow of Russian plot narrows over White House.