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Reps. McCaul, Meadows: Russia Exploiting Social Media to 'Create Division'

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 March 2018 10:53 AM

Russia is exploiting social media to deceive U.S. citizens and "undermine trust in our public institutions," Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., wrote in a column Wednesday for the Washington Examiner.

"Through the exploitation of social media, the Russian government is recycling yesterday's tactics with today's technology. Its goal is to sow discord within our country and undermine trust in our public institutions," the congressmen wrote.

"By pursuing a strategy of chaos, they are attempting to create division among our people and allies.

"We as a nation, as a society, must work together to resist this Russian manipulation," they added.

"Russia targets these audiences in cyberspace through the use of bots, trolls, hacktivists, and other malicious cyber actors," the congressmen wrote, adding that U.S. allies in Ukraine, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, and elsewhere in Europe also were targeted.

The Alliance for Democracy is tracking a network of 600 Russia-linked Twitter accounts that have been connected to operations in the United States that took aim at the FBI, the Department of Justice, the release of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) memo, and the Parkland, Florida high school shooting, the congressmen said.

Citizens must be alert about the "division and discord" the Russian disinformation is attempting to sow, the congressmen wrote in the Examiner.

"Turning against one another and losing faith in the institutions established to protect us not only weakens our resolve as a nation, but moves us dangerously close to becoming the victims of a poisonous Russian agenda," the congressmen wrote.

Russian internet trolls engineered a social media campaign against U.S. energy projects between 2015 and 2017 that appeared to take aim at both environmental activists and pro-oil supporters, a House Science Committee report said.

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Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., says Russia is exploiting social media to deceive U.S. citizens and "undermine trust in our public institutions."
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