The left-wing Washington Post is now saying that all the worry over “Russian disinformation” was unnecessary because whatever of it there was out there had no impact at all.
Remember how the entirety of the media as programmed by the Democrat Party was saying that Donald Trump, conservatives, and the whole of the Republican Party was pushing “Russian disinformation” in all their online actions?
Yeah… never mind.
According to the paper, no evidence exists to suggest that any Russian disinformation had any effect at all on the election.
Per the Washington Post:
Russian influence operations on Twitter in the 2016 presidential election reached relatively few users, most of whom were highly partisan Republicans, and the Russian accounts had no measurable impact in changing minds or influencing voter behavior, according to a study out this morning.
The study, which the New York University Center for Social Media and Politics helmed, explores the limits of what Russian disinformation and misinformation was able to achieve on one major social media platform in the 2016 elections.
“My personal sense coming out of this is that this got way overhyped,” Josh Tucker, one of the report’s authors who is also the co-director of the New York University center, told me about the meaningfulness of the Russian tweets.
“Now we’re looking back at data and we can see how concentrated this was in one small portion of the population, and how the fact that people who were being exposed to these were really, really likely to vote for Trump,” Tucker said. “And then we have this data to show we can’t find any relationship between being exposed to these tweets and people’s change in attitudes.”
The truth is, this was known by tech heads already. The number of Russian-sponsored ads on Facebook, for instance, was tiny. Very few people saw them. So, they had no impact.
But, the same is true in nearly every other area. Russia’s efforts simply had no impact.
So, now the media is claiming that there is nothing to worry about with “Russian disinformation.”
They knew it all along, of course.They were just lying to help the Democrats.Commentary