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Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:46 PM

Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics

Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics

As Russia’s online election machinations came to light last year, a group of Democratic tech experts decided to try out similarly deceptive tactics in the fiercely contested Alabama Senate race, according to people familiar with the effort and a report on its results.

The secret project, carried out on Facebook and Twitter, was likely too small to have a significant effect on the race, in which the Democratic candidate it was designed to help, Doug Jones, edged out the Republican, Roy S. Moore. But it was a sign that American political operatives of both parties have paid close attention to the Russian methods, which some fear may come to taint elections in the United States.

One participant in the Alabama project, Jonathon Morgan, is the chief executive of New Knowledge, a small cyber security firm that wrote a scathing account of Russia’s social media operations in the 2016 election that was released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the report says.

More: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/19/us/alabama-senate-roy-jones-russia.html


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Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:58 PM

1. "both parties fear the Russian example may set off a race to the bottom", LOL please

We saw that bottom in the 2016 'election', when Republicans ran and rallied with the most horrible and most disgusting groups that one can run and rally with.

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