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Russian web trolls targeted African American voters during 2016 presidential elections

Source : 112 Ukraine

The malefactors attempted to turn the network account owners against Hillary Clinton
16:40, 18 December 2018

Reuters

A recent study revealed that Russia-based troll farms used African American voters in their campaign against Hillary Clinton during the presidential election in 2016. 

'The report was submitted to the Senate by the Computational Propaganda Project at Oxford University and social media specialists Graphika. Saint Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency (IRA) worked actively to deepen divisions in US society and dampen voter enthusiasm among Democrat-leaning Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community', Deutsche Welle reported.

The story tells of numerous accounts of the trolls turning voters against the Democrat candidate.  

'Several fake social media accounts tied Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to contentious issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement. Examples of the content include one IRA-created account called "Blacktivist," which sent out messages that read: "No lives matter to Hillary Clinton. Only votes matter to Hillary Clinton. Another account called "Black Matters" posted a message on Facebook that read: "Cops kill black kids. Are you sure that your son won't be the next?" "These campaigns pushed a message that the best way to advance the cause of the African-American community was to boycott the election and focus on other issues instead," the report said', reads the article.

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