How ‘Russian’ Facebook memes expose the brutal realities of American foreign policy

How ‘Russian’ Facebook Memes Expose the Brutal Realities of American Foreign Policy

This month, American corporate media outlets have been whipped into a frenzy by revelations that a Russian internet troll farm purchased ads and established accounts on Facebook. According to the New York Times a “shadowy Russian company” supposedly “linked to” the Kremlin has spread “misinformation” on social media in order “to reshape American politics.”

Comment: Google and Facebook finally admit before Senate there were no violations from RT ads

The ads allegedly contained messages promoting a wide array of hot button political issues, from police brutality and Islamophobia to gun rights. Some also contained images of adorable puppies. Congressional investigators have alleged that the ad campaign evidenced the Kremlin’s intention to “sow chaos” and “promote racial division,” claims that have been faithfully reproduced in corporate outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post.

An article in the Daily Beast took the narrative a step further, asserting that the ads and memes spread on supposedly Russian troll accounts on Facebook were actually “fake news”-meaning that their content was objectively false, and was designed to deceive Americans into turning against their government’s otherwise benevolent foreign policy goals.

Twitter reveals genius plan for determining Kremlin agents

During testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a representative of Twitter admitted that his company discovered alleged Russian election interference on their platform by flagging every account with Russian text, email, phone, IP address and so on as a potential agent of the Kremlin.

It sounds like we’re making this up, but we aren’t. This statement came from the mouth of Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett as he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee. “We’re looking at things like, whether they registered in Russia, do they have a Russian phone number, are they on a Russian mobile carrier, do they have a Russian email address, are they coming in from a Russian IP, have they ever… logged in at any time from Russia?” Edgett testified.