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Experts sound the alarm on 2020 election-meddling

Original post made on Jul 11, 2019

Will deception on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter be a major threat in the upcoming 2020 election? According to Ann Ravel, former chair of the Federal Elections Commission, the troubling answer is "Yes."

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

I think Facebook's attempts to police the situation only makes it worse because now they're part of the propaganda wars with a far greater and more dangerous power to deceive because they own the technology!
People need to voluntarily stop using Facebook, Google and Twitter. There ARE good alternatives. Try Brave browser. Try DuckDuckGo search engine.
We can't complain about what happens with these malignant social media entities (reddit is incredibly toxic as well) as long as we keep using and depending on them.

24 people like this
Posted by Sung da Song
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm

You missed the 800 lb gorilla - Russia. Good deflection!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:20 pm

Big problem is people sharing things in such a way that others believe them. Sites like Babylon Bee and the Onion are shared and even if the sharer understands that these are satire, others will not and then share and others believe what is said. Satire is only satire if it is apparent. Unfortunately, it is not always apparent to all.

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Posted by Sung da Song
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:35 pm

We call the intelligence communities of the western democracies "satire"?

The Mueller report is satire?

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:57 pm

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

Russia is not the problem. China is. And Google and Fb are working with China. That came up on the news today and will be looked into. You all are consumed with Russia. Do you all realize how many of the population is from the former soviet countries and are living here now? Mr. Schiff's LA congressional district is a main location for the former soviet country population. He does U-tubes to support their annual fund drives. Do you think that they contribute to his political fund drives? If he does U-tube presentations to support their fund drives then they are contributing to him. I think he attacks Trump because Trump is cutting off migration of family members.

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Posted by @Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Mountain View
on Jul 11, 2019 at 11:46 pm Just wow.

Guess that means that you never read the Mueller Report, right?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 12, 2019 at 8:04 am

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

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So every one is interpreting the Mueller Report in what ever fashion to support whatever their political agenda is? The whole event was started by a phony document paid for by the DNC prepared by a foreign agent. The Russian "involvement" started in the Obama years. That group sold US uranium to the Russians. Hilary wanted a Russian reset. And Russia paid the DNC and Clinton Foundation large amounts of money to facilitate the uranium purchase. So the FBI had to cover that all up.

The law of unintended consequences just kept piling up. And the lies just kept piling up. Mueller knew it was a fake and just kept the whole thing going. It is like a bunch of people that thought they would have a job for life if Hilary won and then created the method by which they have a job for life. Look at how much money has been spent on this whole charade. Always - Follow the Money.
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Mr. Mueller and Mr. Comey go way back in time like a tag team wrestling pair. They put Martha Stewart in jail. What a bunch of guys. Back in The day they could get away with "stuff" but those days are gone. Too many blabbers that are out of control. Check out their bios on Wikipedia. A bunch of "fixers". If Hilary won they would have been on top of the world. BOOM!

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jul 15, 2019 at 7:48 am

mauricio is a registered user.

The Russians have exploited Facebook's algorithms and business model to decisively influence the 2016 US elections. The Brexit vote and the Brazil elections were also influenced by Facebook's algorithms and business model; manipulating attention, isolating users in filters and preference bubbles which increase extremism and leaving them vulnerable to invasion of privacy, loss of agency and behavior modification. These algorithms and business model have created a deadly weapon for those who would impose their will on the powerless.

The single minded pursuit of growth and profit of corporations like Facebook, Google and their subsidiaries like YouTube, a hotbed for conspiracy theory distribution, corporations that do not believe they should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions will produce side effects like the Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, massacres in Sri Lanka and Mayamar, etc.

I would highly recommend the brilliant book 'Zucked 'by Roger McNamee, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and early mentor of the FB founder as well as an early investor in facebook.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 15, 2019 at 10:44 am

Resident 1-Adobe Meadows is a registered user.

Did any one study history in school? There were many migrations in the early 1900's due to the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire leading to WW1. That is Turkey and it's surrounding countries. Then in WW2 Russia was part of the Allied Forces - they were on our side.
There were major migrations at that time to the US - a lot to New York and Los Angeles. There are long standing Russian communities in the US that have been here for generations. There are long standing Eastern European communities that have been here for generations. One of the Google boys was born in Moscow. And make no mistake they all go to their churches - Eastern Orthodox - and make sure that the next generations know where they came from and typically have them visit the homeland every year.
Also an area in LA that was Hebrew - Fairfax area - now where CBS is located. They moved out to the valley and more recent migrations of eastern Europeans arrived.
You don't have to go to Russia - Russia has been here for generations. There is even a group in Honolulu that is in the cosmetic business and selling their wares on the main drag. Talking about the Russian Connection that has been here for generations is a bit different than the current president of Russia
who wants to rebuild his empire.

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