Russia has realized that the internet is a marvelous means for spreading propaganda. Releasing fake news is all that is needed. Without having to recruit and pay many agents, an army of helpful trolls sends and resends the message. This may have been decisive in electing Donald Trump. What else might have been influenced?
- Congressional elections
- Support for the UN, UNESCO
- European independence–Scotland, Catalonia
- Isolationism–America first
- sex scandals
- White supremacy
We can’t be sure about these, but the more we learn about Russian propaganda, the more we should be concerned.