Study: Russian Trolls Don’t Actually Influence Americans In Any Meaningful Way

Dec 2014
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Uh, no foolin'.

And to think that the left has spent three years believing the foolishness about Russian trolls. Sad.


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Among the outlets on the left that have pushed the “Russians trolls got Trump elected” conspiracy theory is The New Yorker, which interviewed Kathleen Hall Jamieson last year about her book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know.”
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A study of online activity in 2017 published this week by the National Academy of the Sciences suggests that the premise of that theory is fundamentally flawed. Though the study does not attempt to provide any conclusions about 2016 activity, which was not part of the study, online activity the following year provides some helpful insights into the plausibility of such a troll-orchestrated “coup.”
“While numerous studies analyze the strategy of online influence campaigns, their impact on the public remains an open question,” reads the study’s summary. “We investigate this question combining longitudinal data on 1,239 Republicans and Democrats from late 2017 with data on Twitter accounts operated by the Russian Internet Research Agency.”
“We find no evidence that interacting with these accounts substantially impacted 6 political attitudes and behaviors,” the study’s authors assert.
The study also found that those who interacted most with trolls appear to be those who have already strongly formed political opinions — in other words, those whose political opinions are the least likely to be influenced by a troll campaign.
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raj

Oct 2018
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Uh, no foolin'.

And to think that the left has spent three years believing the foolishness about Russian trolls. Sad.


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Among the outlets on the left that have pushed the “Russians trolls got Trump elected” conspiracy theory is The New Yorker, which interviewed Kathleen Hall Jamieson last year about her book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know.”
...
A study of online activity in 2017 published this week by the National Academy of the Sciences suggests that the premise of that theory is fundamentally flawed. Though the study does not attempt to provide any conclusions about 2016 activity, which was not part of the study, online activity the following year provides some helpful insights into the plausibility of such a troll-orchestrated “coup.”
“While numerous studies analyze the strategy of online influence campaigns, their impact on the public remains an open question,” reads the study’s summary. “We investigate this question combining longitudinal data on 1,239 Republicans and Democrats from late 2017 with data on Twitter accounts operated by the Russian Internet Research Agency.”
“We find no evidence that interacting with these accounts substantially impacted 6 political attitudes and behaviors,” the study’s authors assert.
The study also found that those who interacted most with trolls appear to be those who have already strongly formed political opinions — in other words, those whose political opinions are the least likely to be influenced by a troll campaign.
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Yeah, we totally believe it, too.

You are the expert on this subject, after all.
 
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Rev. Hellh0und

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Incorrect it influenced the left into clinical paranoia, and ushered in a new neomcarthyism.

The deranged “russians everywhere” lunatic fringe left run around like chicken littles due to them.

The best was when some of the idiots here started suggesting posters who have been here a decade were suddenly russian bots and trolls.
 
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Incorrect it influenced the left into clinical paranoia, and ushered in a new neomcarthyism.
McCarthy made utterly baseless accusations. By contrast, the most serious accusations against Trump are supported by overwhelming evidence, some of it used to convict his associates at trial.

The deranged “russians everywhere” lunatic fringe left run around like chicken littles due to them.
Trump's financial, private and political lives have been entwined with Russian gangsters, oligrachs and Putin himself since at least the 1980's. Considering that, yes, there's a long list of incidents, etc. Most of which are public record.

The best was when some of the idiots here started suggesting posters who have been here a decade were suddenly russian bots and trolls.
Yes, probably nobody here gets a paycheck from Guiciffer. OTOH, it's likewise obvious many conservatives here respond to specious, ridiculous and utterly incredible "news" as soon as it hits the reich wing blogosphere. Clearly, these people are influenced by Russian trolls.

Or by Trump himself, which too often leads to the same result.
 
Sep 2019
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dfw, texas
Uh, no foolin'.

And to think that the left has spent three years believing the foolishness about Russian trolls. Sad.


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Among the outlets on the left that have pushed the “Russians trolls got Trump elected” conspiracy theory is The New Yorker, which interviewed Kathleen Hall Jamieson last year about her book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know.”
...
A study of online activity in 2017 published this week by the National Academy of the Sciences suggests that the premise of that theory is fundamentally flawed. Though the study does not attempt to provide any conclusions about 2016 activity, which was not part of the study, online activity the following year provides some helpful insights into the plausibility of such a troll-orchestrated “coup.”
“While numerous studies analyze the strategy of online influence campaigns, their impact on the public remains an open question,” reads the study’s summary. “We investigate this question combining longitudinal data on 1,239 Republicans and Democrats from late 2017 with data on Twitter accounts operated by the Russian Internet Research Agency.”
“We find no evidence that interacting with these accounts substantially impacted 6 political attitudes and behaviors,” the study’s authors assert.
The study also found that those who interacted most with trolls appear to be those who have already strongly formed political opinions — in other words, those whose political opinions are the least likely to be influenced by a troll campaign.
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then how do you explain so many trump voters not being pissed off that Trump denied Russia hacked our servers, that somehow Ukraine faked everybody out, that he defended Putin, called him a great and good leader and he believed him when he said Russia was not naughty? Why has Trump bent over for a killing chickenshit punk dictator like Putin, defended him, praised him. while insulting and alienating every one of the leaders of every real ally we have in the world? why did he even defend Putin for the Russian occupation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine?

  • July 31, 2016: When asked by ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos about Putin, Trump states: “I’ve never met him. I have no relationship with Putin. I don’t think I’ve ever met him. I never met him . . . . I mean if he’s in the same room or something. But I don’t think so.” Trump also states that “the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.” [ABC (transcript)]
  • September 7, 2016: At NBC's commander-in-chief forum, Trump states that Putin has "been a leader far more than our president has been a leader." [CNBC]
  • May 15, 2017: The Washington Post reports that Trump disclosed highly classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during their May 10 visit to the Oval Office. [Washington Post]
  • May 16, 2017: President Trump defends his disclosure of classified information to Russian officials in a series of tweets:
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
 
Sep 2019
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dfw, texas
Uh, no foolin'.

And to think that the left has spent three years believing the foolishness about Russian trolls. Sad.


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Among the outlets on the left that have pushed the “Russians trolls got Trump elected” conspiracy theory is The New Yorker, which interviewed Kathleen Hall Jamieson last year about her book “Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President—What We Don’t, Can’t, and Do Know.”
...
A study of online activity in 2017 published this week by the National Academy of the Sciences suggests that the premise of that theory is fundamentally flawed. Though the study does not attempt to provide any conclusions about 2016 activity, which was not part of the study, online activity the following year provides some helpful insights into the plausibility of such a troll-orchestrated “coup.”
“While numerous studies analyze the strategy of online influence campaigns, their impact on the public remains an open question,” reads the study’s summary. “We investigate this question combining longitudinal data on 1,239 Republicans and Democrats from late 2017 with data on Twitter accounts operated by the Russian Internet Research Agency.”
“We find no evidence that interacting with these accounts substantially impacted 6 political attitudes and behaviors,” the study’s authors assert.
The study also found that those who interacted most with trolls appear to be those who have already strongly formed political opinions — in other words, those whose political opinions are the least likely to be influenced by a troll campaign.
...


I tend to agree that, compared to home grown liars and fake media like fox and breitbart and the NY Post and the Washington Times and gateway pundit and infowars and rush and beck and the other non-fox related trump ass kissers on the radio or internet, russians have very little influence over anybody. but they do inflate the influence of these home grown liars and trump ass kissers by repeating their bullshit over and over on different media, or flooding internet polls or internet public posts and reactions with silly ass pro trump lies and distortions and excuses.

bottom line, even if they are not all that successful, why should any American dismiss it and act like Russia interfering in our election process is no big deal, who cares?