Thursday, November 28, 2019

Moon of Alabama - New Study: "Russian Trolls" Did Not "Sow Discord" - They Influenced No One



The was no Russian government campaign to influence the 2016 election. There was only a Russian commercial media enterprise that used sock-puppet accounts with quirky content to attract viewers and sold advertisement space to U.S. companies.

The IRA also bought advertisement to attract more people to its accounts. But the amount it spent was tiny. The final price tag for the 2016 election was $6.5 billion for the presidential and congressional elections combined. The IRA spend a total of $100,000 to promote its own accounts. But only some $45,000 of that was spend before the election. It was 0.000007 cent for every election dollar that was spend during that time. It is statistically impossible that the mostly apolitical IRA spending had any effect on the election.

That the IRA ran a marketing machine and not a political operation was also obvious when one analyzed the content that those sock puppet accounts posted. Most of it was apolitical. Where it was political it covered both sides. Some IRA accounts posted pro-Trump content, others posted anti-Trump stuff. Some were pro-Clinton others against her. 

U.S. intelligence services tried to explain that away by claiming that the Russians wanted to "sow discord". There is zero evidence that this was really the case. It is simply an explanation that was made up because they failed to find a better one.

Moon of Alabama - New Study: "Russian Trolls" Did Not "Sow Discord" - They Influenced No One

5 comments:

Matt Franko said...

Democrats we’re dismissing Russians interference pre election then once they lost they got all anti Russian to create an excuse for their illegal surveillance on the the Trump campaign that they knew would be discovered....

They should all be facing capital punishment....

Matt Franko said...

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/biden-claims-russian-election-interference-wouldnt-have-happened-on-his-and-obamas-watch-but-it-did

Nobody cared about “Russia!” on Democrat side before they lost.,. They should all be facing the needle....

Bob said...

Grandmaster Putin spends his money wisely.

Kaivey said...

Yeah, he's smart!

Nebris said...

Gawd, Franko is really foaming at the mouth here.