The Russian propaganda campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election included a page targeting LGBT people. LGBT United and several other Facebook accounts set up by Russian operatives said “relatively little” about who to vote for but served “to identify voters and sort them into buckets based on the issues they responded to,” The Washington Post reports. This was the first part of the Russian disinformation effort; the second was targeting those voters with ads. And the goal seemed to be discouraging voter turnout. Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, analyzed LGBT United and five other Russian-backed Facebook accounts and published his findings online Thursday, the Post reports.
October 7 / The Advocate