A new report prepared for the Senate Intelligence Committee, the first to study millions of posts from the 2016 presidential campaign provided by Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says that Russians working at the Internet Research Agency posted on every major social media platform photos, videos, and messages to help get President Trump elected, and continued the effort to support him once in office, The Washington Post reports. The Post obtained a draft of the report, compiled by Oxford University's Computational Propaganda Project. Researchers found that at certain points, like during presidential debates, disinformation campaigns ramped up, and different groups received targeted messages: for example, conservatives saw posts about gun rights, while black voters received false information about how to vote. "What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump," the report says.
The Washington Post