Facebook‘s original downplaying the Kremlin's information operation to just ”$100,000 worth of ads” is an unforgivable cover-up in hindsight with this new report, probably fueling skepticism that it couldn't have influenced Americans while they sat on troves of data that it did.
Same goes for Cambridge Analytica, a cataclysmic scandal that would still be a secret today if it wasn't for journalists, academics, and lawmakers prying it open, even requiring a regulator to issue a stand-down order to enable a UK government audit. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/20/uk-authorities-want-a-warrant-to-access-cambridge-analyticas-servers.html …
The cover-up is always worse than the crime.
Don't just take it from me. From page 21 in New Knowledge's SSCI report white paper. https://www.newknowledge.com/disinforeport
Report illustrates how Instagram was a primary vector of meme warfare. Never really mentioned in Congress. Conversion tracking data still not made available to researchers for analysis. And yet it is precisely conversion data that platforms sell/rent/whatevs to advertisers.
Radio interview from this afternoon on today’s news of new SSCI influence campaign whitepapers from independent analysts
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