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(The Daily Beast)   If Putin really likes you he'll set up dummy Facebook accounts to drive attendance at your rallies. What a guy   ( thedailybeast.com) divider line
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2017-09-20 04:55:01 PM  
The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.
 
2017-09-20 05:00:57 PM  

FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.


to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort
 
2017-09-20 05:06:05 PM  

somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort


Seriously, there were enough of them to swing an election?
 
2017-09-20 05:11:04 PM  
He also knows how to hide whole states, like Wisconsin, from candidates.
 
2017-09-20 05:32:46 PM  
They aren't very good at it...

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2017-09-20 05:34:50 PM  
So you're saying without Russian interference there would have been half a dozen Trumpties there?

Wow, that's embarrassing.
 
2017-09-20 05:38:12 PM  

somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort


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2017-09-20 05:40:18 PM  
Is this our side of extra pickles to go with the nothingburger?
 
2017-09-20 05:41:07 PM  
Yeah Putin will set up a dummy alright.
 
2017-09-20 05:41:47 PM  
Now way Trump supporters will be fooled. They're experts at spotting fake news.
 
2017-09-20 05:41:56 PM  

Archidude: They aren't very good at it...

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Obligatory...
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2017-09-20 05:44:01 PM  

FortyHams: somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort

Seriously, there were enough of them to swing an election?


youd be amazed at how many my mom's lovers there are
 
2017-09-20 05:44:48 PM  
Trump is still pissed at Vlad about his failure to inflate the crowd size his inaguration.
 
2017-09-20 05:45:27 PM  
Im as turned off by folks who collude with Facebook
 
2017-09-20 05:52:12 PM  

somedude210: FortyHams: somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort

Seriously, there were enough of them to swing an election?

youd be amazed at how many my mom's lovers there are


Go get it Momdude.
 
2017-09-20 05:54:50 PM  

FortyHams: somedude210: FortyHams: somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort

Seriously, there were enough of them to swing an election?

youd be amazed at how many my mom's lovers there are

Go get it Momdude.


and how!
 
2017-09-20 06:01:48 PM  
Drewgs are a plague.
 
2017-09-20 06:21:32 PM  

culebra: Yeah Putin will set up a dummy alright.


And barry and hilarity never saw the backstab coming!
 
2017-09-20 06:24:13 PM  
I mean, if that's what mom likes, I guess their rubles are as good as any and they sure probably lie well. my mom's lovers must be /damn/ good to keep her retirement going.
 
2017-09-20 06:30:25 PM  
Friends of a thin skinned pussy go to rallies? Is there Russian involvement?
 
2017-09-20 06:35:22 PM  
This makes me wonder if the Russians were also helping bolster the turnout at Bernie Sanders rallies as well.
 
2017-09-20 06:43:17 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: This makes me wonder if the Russians were also helping bolster the turnout at Bernie Sanders rallies as well.


Well hey now, I have not seen this linr of thought yet and now I am also wondering this. After all we saw that photo of Jill Stein getting chummy with Putin at that fancy dinner. I wonder if part of his plan was to also bolster third parties to steal votes from Clinton. I respect Bernie but I read a lot of opinion pieces about how if the Dem candidate was Bernie he would lose (unfortunately) due to being an avowed socialist Jew. Putin is/was obviously afraid of Hilldog. He was playing this on so many angles.
 
2017-09-20 06:47:54 PM  

somedude210: FortyHams: The Russians were REALLY involved in this election. They put in more effort than O'Malley.

to be fair, the write in voters for "my mom's lovers" put in more effort


The Friendski of Drew'ski filter.
 
2017-09-20 06:54:23 PM  
It looks like Trump is still paying his "Like Farm" bills, but his payment due Sep 13th got delayed a week, resulting in some downward movement:
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I wonder what slice of this pie should actually be labelled "Russia".
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In fact Russia is suspicious by its absence. Trump has more fans in Uganda than in Russia?
 
2017-09-20 06:55:19 PM  

helloyesthisisdog: The Martian Manhandler: This makes me wonder if the Russians were also helping bolster the turnout at Bernie Sanders rallies as well.

Well hey now, I have not seen this linr of thought yet and now I am also wondering this. After all we saw that photo of Jill Stein getting chummy with Putin at that fancy dinner. I wonder if part of his plan was to also bolster third parties to steal votes from Clinton. I respect Bernie but I read a lot of opinion pieces about how if the Dem candidate was Bernie he would lose (unfortunately) due to being an avowed socialist Jew. Putin is/was obviously afraid of Hilldog. He was playing this on so many angles.


I vaguely remember one of the bigger pro-Bernie/anti-Hillary Facebook groups being outed as being based in a Russian satellite country, but I don't have the time to do a deep search for info.
 
2017-09-20 07:03:54 PM  
TFA headline "Drive attendance at your rallies" kind of understates what was done.

First paragraph of article: "Suspected Russia propagandists on Facebook tried to organize more than a dozen pro-Trump rallies in Florida during last year's election"

They organized farking rallies. And provided promotion and handout literature.

"But the discovery of the Being Patriotic rallies suggests that the fraudulent activity on Facebook did indeed involve messaging on behalf of Trump, did prompt at least some Americans to rally on Trump's behalf, and did result in the Trump campaign volunteers subsequently sharing material from those events. "

They did a lot more than promote attendance at rallies that were already scheduled by someone else.

Glad to see this one greenlit, though. I submitted it with a much crappier headline.
 
2017-09-20 07:17:01 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: helloyesthisisdog: The Martian Manhandler: This makes me wonder if the Russians were also helping bolster the turnout at Bernie Sanders rallies as well.

Well hey now, I have not seen this linr of thought yet and now I am also wondering this. After all we saw that photo of Jill Stein getting chummy with Putin at that fancy dinner. I wonder if part of his plan was to also bolster third parties to steal votes from Clinton. I respect Bernie but I read a lot of opinion pieces about how if the Dem candidate was Bernie he would lose (unfortunately) due to being an avowed socialist Jew. Putin is/was obviously afraid of Hilldog. He was playing this on so many angles.

I vaguely remember one of the bigger pro-Bernie/anti-Hillary Facebook groups being outed as being based in a Russian satellite country, but I don't have the time to do a deep search for info.


Here we go:
The role of Russian generated fake news is a separate strand which has gained less attention up to now, but the part it played in depressing the Clinton vote in key states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania in the critical last days of the 2016 campaign could have helped change the course of recent American history.

A huge wave of fake news stories originating from eastern Europe began washing over the presidential election months earlier, at the height of the primary campaign. John Mattes, who was helping run the outline campaign for the Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders from San Diego, said it really took off in March 2016.

"In a 30-day period, dozens of full-blown sites appeared overnight, running full level productions posts. It screamed out to me that something strange was going on," Mattes said. Much of the material was untraceable, but he tracked 40% of the new postings back to eastern Europe.

Four of the Facebook members posting virulent and false stories about Clinton (suggesting, for example, that she had profited personally by arming Islamic State extremists) had the same name, Oliver Mitov. They all had a very small number of Facebook friends, including one which all four had in common. When Mattes tried to friend them and contact them there was no reply.

Many websites producing anti-Clinton fake news were based in Albania and Macedonia. A pro-Sanders Facebook page with nearly 90,000 followers was run by an Albanian IT expert who, when interviewed by the Huffington Post, appeared to speak very little English, although his page consistently published polished English prose.

Mattes, a former Senate investigator, did some digging into the sudden phenomenon of eastern European Sanders enthusiasts. He found a spike in activity on the anonymous browsing tool Tor in Macedonia that coincided with the launch of the fake news campaign, which he believes could represent Russian handlers contacting potential east European hosts to help them set up automated websites.

"This is a cost-effective hands-free method with no blowback to you if you are in St Petersburg creating this product," Mattes said. He argued that if the pro-Sanders websites in east Europe had been primarily motivated by maximising clicks they would have moved on to another viral subject.

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2017-09-20 07:28:48 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: helloyesthisisdog: The Martian Manhandler: This makes me wonder if the Russians were also helping bolster the turnout at Bernie Sanders rallies as well.

Well hey now, I have not seen this linr of thought yet and now I am also wondering this. After all we saw that photo of Jill Stein getting chummy with Putin at that fancy dinner. I wonder if part of his plan was to also bolster third parties to steal votes from Clinton. I respect Bernie but I read a lot of opinion pieces about how if the Dem candidate was Bernie he would lose (unfortunately) due to being an avowed socialist Jew. Putin is/was obviously afraid of Hilldog. He was playing this on so many angles.

I vaguely remember one of the bigger pro-Bernie/anti-Hillary Facebook groups being outed as being based in a Russian satellite country, but I don't have the time to do a deep search for info.


One of my former reporter friends who was a Sanders supporter recognized early on that Russian trolls were heavily active in the Bernie facebook groups and the Sanders sub on reddit, tried pitching the story to a lot of outlets, and couldn't get anybody interested. That's part of the story that ought to be discussed--the failure of the media to take Russian internet trolling seriously even as people tried to warn what was happening.
 
2017-09-20 08:16:27 PM  

Archidude: They aren't very good at it...

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or the Mother Of All Rallies:

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2017-09-20 08:23:39 PM  
The evidence isn't lost. All FB data is stored on bluray in their data centers.
 
2017-09-20 09:58:31 PM  

fragMasterFlash: Trump is still pissed at Vlad about his failure to inflate the crowd size his inaguration.


Nonono. The only numbers that count are the ones that were INVITED...the ones who show up represent MILLIONS of other Americans.

MAGA!

SMEGMA!

SHABBA
 
2017-09-20 10:09:19 PM  
I don't like this sequel to the "Manchurian Candidate."
 
2017-09-21 08:13:42 AM  
Imagine how the Trumpers would react if Hillary did win, and later it was revealed that a foreign country had worked to swing the election in her favor?
I'm sure that they'd be fine with that.
 
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