Some of the smart editors over at The New York Times recently pulled together an interactive tool to help citizens better understand the depth of Russian infiltration into American institutions during the 2016 election. “See Which Facebook Ads Russians Targeted to People Like You” the story promises. And true to its word, readers are now able to pinpoint exactly how social media tricked them into voting for Donald Trump.
What sort of devious KGB mind-control mechanisms had been unleashed on the unsuspecting American electorate, I wondered. Soon after entering my details — age, area and interests — I came face to face with the alarming answer. “Accounts linked to Russia showed these 3 advertisements to people like you on Facebook or Instagram.”
Had the Ruskies merely sent two propaganda messages my way, I might have written the entire Russia-Facebook scare off as a transparently overblown political ruse used solely to create the impression that a legitimate presidential election was tainted for partisan reasons. But three ads simply can’t be dismissed.
Read more at the New York Post.