After more than a year of nothing but spurious allegations that the Russia government or Russian trolls or just “Russia” (like the entire country) ‘hacked’ the US presidential election and secured victory for Trump, we now have the hard evidence to back up those claims.
Over the last 2 days, technology executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before Congress and laid out the damning evidence for all to see. Russia had indeed used social media platforms to turn the minds of the American people (or at least the 27% of the electorate that voted for Trump) against Clinton. It was a travesty, a dastardly attack on truth, justice and the American way.
The primary way in which the evil Russians achieved their nefarious goal was by making posts and paying for some ads on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said that up to 130 million Americans may have seen at least one of the posts/advertisements made on the platform. While that’s a large number of alleged ‘impressions’, the offending posts represent 0.004% of all impressions on Facebook during the time period, but let’s not quibble over numbers. Then again, maybe we should.