Senate: No clear solutions to combat foreign election meddling | FCW


The United States Senate released the second volume of its report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, this time focusing on online influence campaigns carried out by the Internet Research Agency and Russian intelligence agencies.

The committee’s report endorses more transparency around online advertising, but its own investigation found that such ad buys were so minor they paled in comparison to the free exposure operators were able to get from simply using the platforms themselves to spread content.

“Paid advertisements were not key to the IRA’s activity, and moreover, are not alone an accurate measure of the IRA’s operational scope, scale, or objectives, despite this aspect of social-media being a focus of early press reporting and public awareness,” the committee wrote.

Source: Senate: No clear solutions to combat foreign election meddling — FCW

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