WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,400 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections. The ads, which span from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which Kremlin-aligned forces sought to stoke social, cultural and political unrest on one of the Web's most powerful platforms. With the help of Facebook's targeting tools, Russia's online army reached at least 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram, its photo-sharing service, with ads and other posts, including events promoting protests around the country.The release of the ads comes months after top executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified at a trio of congressional hearings about Russia's propaganda efforts, a campaign waged by the Kremlin-sponsored Internet … [Read more...] about Democrats release 3,400 Facebook ads bought by Russia’s online trolls around the 2016 election
Photo sharing russia
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm by Tony Romm Email the author May 10 at 10:00 AM Email the author Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents, displayed during a congressional hearing with representatives of tech companies. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,400 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections. The ads, from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which … [Read more...] about These are the 3,400 Facebook ads purchased by Russia’s online trolls around the 2016 election
World U.S. Military Russia Russian military U.S. Air Force Russian Air Force The U.S. and Russia are the world's two leading military powers and they've developed substantial air power. While the collapse of the Soviet Union interrupted Russia's aerial superpower status, President Vladimir Putin has embarked on a massive campaign to challenge U.S. dominance in the sky. The task has become especially urgent as relations deteriorate between Moscow and U.S.-led Western military alliance NATO. The U.S. commands by far the largest air fleet in the world, with up to 12,000 aircraft between the Air Force, the Navy and the Marine Corps. The Navy also commands about 20 aircraft carriers capable of delivering state-of-the-art air power around the world. The size and power of Russia's air fleet was greatly reduced with the Soviet Union's collapse, when Moscow's ambitious military machine came to a virtual halt for nearly a decade. Russia did not begin to focus on resurrecting its … [Read more...] about How Does Russia’s Air Force Compare to America’s?
World U.S. Military Russia Russian military Syria Syria airstrikes Tomahawk S-400 Bashar al-Assad President Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he would decide "fairly soon" his response to an alleged chemical weapons attack that some Western governments and their allies have blamed on the Syrian government. Such a move could potentially lead to a direct conflict with Russia and Iran, which fight rebels and jihadis on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Russian military has reportedly taken seriously Trump's taunt Wednesday that "missiles are coming" to Syria and has put air defenses on high alert. Longtime foes the U.S. and Russia have not fought one another directly since the U.S. attempted to snuff out Bolshevik forces in the wake of World War I about a century ago. Now both countries have bigger, stronger and smarter weapons capable of inflicting devastating blows and, as Trump tweeted, "our relationship with Russia is worse now than … [Read more...] about U.S. Versus Russia: These Are Their Weapons In Syria And What May Happen Next
World Russia Russian military S-400 U.S. Military Syria Donald Trump Syria airstrikes Russia vowed Wednesday to shoot down any missiles President Donald Trump may launch against Syria. A defense expert said that Moscow was, in fact, able to block a U.S. attack—but it could prove difficult. Moscow's military prowess may soon to be put to the test as Trump promised to respond "forcefully" to allegations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally, used chemical weapons in an attack on a rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma over the weekend. Related: U.S., Saudi Arabia and France Talk Military Action in Syria as Russia, China and Iran Warn Against It Douglas Barrie, a senior fellow for military aerospace analyst at the U.K.-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Newsweek that "Russia’s Aerospace Forces and, before that, the Soviet Air Force, have long practiced attempting to locate and shoot down cruise missiles, but it … [Read more...] about Can Russia Defeat U.S. Missiles In Syria? Yes, But It Will Not Be Easy