Just in case anyone wanted yet another reason to blame the Russians for Hillary Clinton’s crushing defeat in 2016, University of Wisconsin researchers have looked into the fake Twitter accounts operated by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) in the run up to and aftermath of the most recent presidential election.
They accuse the Russians of trying to create greater division in the nation by posting extreme opinions on Twitter. They weren’t promoting fake news, but instead linked to real articles to support their out of the mainstream positions. Targeting “major journalistic outlets such as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and NPR” and partisans sites such as “HuffPost, the Daily Caller and the Blaze, the Russians were trying to amplify the extremes to create the impression that there is no middle ground in this country. More