The all caps shouting is theirs.

Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility—except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House. 

Early this month, Twitter testified before Congress and provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with more than 2,700 accounts tied to the agency, while Facebook identified more than 80,000 pieces of content linked to the agency. Meanwhile, Google found about $4,700 worth of search-and-display ads with dubious Russian ties.


Imagine that.

$4,700 worth of search-and-display ads took down the Clinton campaign, despite the fact Clinton outspent Trump $969.1 million to $531.0 million according to a Bloomberg article on Campaign Fundraising.​

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Writer Jessica Kwong also moaned about trolls being paid between $1,300 and $2,000 per month. Kwong also makes this amusing claim "Twitter users in swing states in the U.S. received more fake news than real stories in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election."

Yes folks, this is how Trump won the election:


By spending a mere $4,700 for paid Tweets and $1,000 or so a month for some trolls, Russia now controls our minds.

If you click on that inane article, you may be treated (as I was) to three autoplay videos, two of them were ads, running simultaneously.

You will also find a barrage of Newsweek Fake News articles like these.​

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Instead of reading NewsWeek garbage about how Russia controls our minds with a few thousand dollars, I suggest reading: US spy operation that manipulates social media.

The latter is a believable article about US military software that secretly manipulates social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.

NewsWeek provides a great example of the pathetic quality of mainstream media reporting.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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