Where do we go to get our last six years back?
From the Washington Post:
A study finds minimal impact from Russian influence operations on Twitter in the Trump-Clinton presidential raceRussian influence operations on Twitter in the 2016 presidential election reached relatively few users, most of whom were highly partisan Republicans, and the Russian accounts had no measurable impact in changing minds or influencing voter behavior, according to a study out this morning.
The study, which the New York University Center for Social Media and Politics helmed, explores the limits of what Russian disinformation and misinformation was able to achieve on one major social media platform in the 2016 elections.
“My personal sense coming out of this is that this got way overhyped,” Josh Tucker, one of the report’s authors who is also the co-director of the New York University center, told me about the meaningfulness of the Russian tweets.
“Now we’re looking back at data and we can see how concentrated this was in one small portion of the population, and how the fact that people who were being exposed to these were really, really likely to vote for Trump,” Tucker said. “And then we have this data to show we can’t find any relationship between being exposed to these tweets and people’s change in attitudes.”
(Tucker is an editor of The Monkey Cage, a blog that partnered with The Post.)
But the study doesn’t go so far as to say that Russia had no influence on people who voted for President Donald Trump.
Oh, it doesn’t say there was zero influence, so let’s assume we’re still Basically Right.
It doesn’t examine other social media, like the much-larger Facebook.
Where Russian-affiliated companies spent a staggering One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars on ads.
Nor does it address Russian hack-and-leak operations.
Like the Hunter Biden laptop.
Another major study in 2018 by University of Pennsylvania communications professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson suggested those probably played a significant role in the 2016 race’s outcome.
Lastly, it doesn’t suggest that foreign influence operations aren’t a threat at all.
We’re witnessing one right now, from Ukraine.
Let’s dive into the numbers.The results
Key findings of the report:
Only 1 percent of Twitter users accounted for 70 percent of the exposure to accounts that Twitter identified as Russian troll accounts.
Highly partisan Republicans were exposed to nine times more posts than non-Republicans.
Content from the news media and U.S. politicians dwarfed the amount of Russian influence content the electorate was exposed to during the 2016 race.
There was no measurable impact on “political attitudes, polarization, and vote preferences and behavior” from the Russian accounts and posts.
The study, published this morning in Nature Communications — an offshoot of the science journal Nature magazine — is years in the making. That’s due to the amount of time needed to acquire data from Twitter, conduct the study, carry out surveys and run it through the peer review process, Tucker said.
The article keeps bringing up “hack-and-leak operations.”
Let’s be clear about what happened there: Hillary Clinton and the DNC rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders, and leakers exposed this fact.
That wasn’t a lie. That wasn’t “Russian Disinformation.” That really happened.
The leakers just revealed the truth which Hillary Clinton, the DNC, and her Media Mafia wished to conceal.
Another report from Columbia University relied on data from online betting markets to suggest that Russian trolls swung the 2016 election to Trump. Odds favored Democrats during Russian holidays when the nation’s trolls were less likely to be active.
Look how desperate the Washington Post is to counter this study. Now we’re down to betting markets, based on faulty polling, being wrong.
President Trump was legitimately elected without any foreign collusion in 2016. The same cannot be said for 2020.
Hey, Greg… was they “Russian disinformation” hoax overhyped? We know you did your best to overhype it. What do you say now? Do you ever reflect on the positions you have taken that have been proven erroneous and reexamine all the others?
I can’t speak for anyone else but I never saw any of the “Russian stuff”. Whenever I asked for examples, either none could be provided or some innocuous posts that actually contained true facts about Hillary’s corruption was offered. Absolutely nowhere near the impact of the FBI suppressing the laptop story.