The recent revelation that Russian entities funneled money into marketing on social media platforms like Facebook in order to create dissent within the American population, particularly regarding the 2016 presidential election, has made waves on social media, and for good reason. With many Americans continuing to counter concerns about Russian meddling as either non-existent or inconsequential, the discovery that foreign interests are willing to invest millions of dollars into influencing internal politics should serve as an indicator that these practices are not only effective, but commonplace.
For those within America’s intelligence community, this wasn’t a revelation at all. We’ve been well aware of how successful these kinds of operations can be for decades. After all, we’ve done our fair share of them ourselves.
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