For years the mainstream media said that former President Trump was only elected because of Russian trolls. The media said that Trump’s claim the deep state was created a ruse was a conspiracy theory.
Much of the media coverage of Russia’s involvement was heavily overhyped.
In a new report from the New York University Center for Social Media and Politics, the impact of Russian-created accounts on Twitter was found to be minimal. The study found that only 1% of Twitter users were exposed to the content of the Russian accounts and that the content was dwarfed by posts from politicians and the media. It also found that “there was no measurable impact on ‘political attitudes, polarization, and vote preferences and behavior’ from the Russian accounts and posts.”
This revelation is in stark contrast to The Washington Post’s coverage of the election aftermath, which previously ran the headline, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during the election, experts say.” The media sensationalized the narrative regarding the influence of Russian-created accounts on the election, and this new study serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining objective reporting.
From the Washington Post:
Russian 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.
After the 2016 election, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Amy Klobuchar went to Ukraine and declared that Russia attacked the USA by hacking the election.
The election wasn’t hacked but they didn’t care. pic.twitter.com/wncJEYJlDX
— Maze (@mazemoore) January 9, 2023
Or maybe this?
How it started // how it’s going pic.twitter.com/XwmdvsMPTa
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) January 9, 2023