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Russian Propaganda in Social Media

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It does not take long to find a website or social media post that could be originating from either China or Russia on some American issue. Unlike a real news outlet, these sites or posts are promoting propaganda in very subtle forms to influence how Americans think about their government, military, or social fabric. They promote a point of view that makes America look bad, whether it is Antifa, BLM, Trump lunatics storming the Capitol, horrible handling of the pandemic, etc. That IS their mission, to turn Americans against their government and each other stowing chaos to make the nation ineffective on the world stage.

The sad thing is that it has worked, to some extent. But, as these small Internet groups based offshore bombard social media with fake or biased news or facts to influence, they are getting sloppy and Facebook recently removed over 100 accounts traced back to Russian groups, many located in Moscow and Crimea. They removed two accounts including 46 pages of just political disinformation or lies about U.S. government leaders.

Of course, there is the flagship Russian propaganda tool, RT America (Russia Today America) hosted by a well known American news reporter getting a hefty sum for legitimacy. But, who in America actually watch this this? Believe that what is being reported does not have spin to make America look bad and Russia look good?

There are also two other websites spouting they are independent and legitimate news outlets, News Front and South Front. News Front is actually funded by the Russian FSB (formerly KGB) and many authors have direct ties to the Kremlin, according to a German news report. This has been around since 2015, just as Trump announced his U.S. presidential run in 2016. It had a heavy hand on social media platforms. Another one that began in 2015 is South Front, whose address is in Moscow and Crimea. This site focuses on the military conflicts around the globe and it always spins a story involving American forces or assets in a bad light, if they can. They mix news facts with political bias in carefully crafted worded reports and almost nothing ever bad is said of Russian or their allied military forces or deployments. The reader comes away with an anti-American feeling. This was another group that used FB for anti-American propaganda in the 2016 election. Both are still active online, though blocked by FB platform.

I suppose many Americans who are just naive and blind as to what they read online as a "fact". Those who are like that are simply buying the propaganda fed to them by these groups. Like, when FB call out South Front for what they truly are, their website declared that FB was giving its readers "fake news" about them! LOL, the foolish and gullible Americans on the left and right are both being played for the same reason- that is, to create chaos in America from within to make it ineffective and disrespected. If you can destroy a thing from within, without military force, through political means and societal chaos, why not?

Today, one must not believe everything they read online and to verify whatever read is true by visiting other news outlets to see if the facts really are true.


perrya (author) on February 05, 2021:

Not a phobia, just concern. It would be stupid to underplay Russia's ability in the world, kinda like a an ostrich with its head in the sand. Putin does not have to be a world power to create chaos. Disinformation is a powerful weapon of war.

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MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 04, 2021:

Perrya, I must once again not agree with you. I want to ask why you have a Russian phobia and obsession? Russia is no longer a global power and just focusing on Russia is not going to lead anywhere.

DW Davis from Eastern NC on February 04, 2021:

This is an excellent Hub and exposes one of the most serious problems we face in America today: an education system that fails to teach students how to discern the truth.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on February 04, 2021:

Yes, you're right. The online world has enabled many "experts" to put out their own show and to spew lies because they don't fact check. Before the internet, we were told that the way to tell truth from fact is to read a book about one point of view, another on the opposite point of view, and something with a middle view. Factual data should be in all three books, and the rest is junk.

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