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By Sheetal Sukhija Tuesday October 31, 2017
Russia's social media targetting: What Americans think?
The use of social media advertising by Russia, to reach or manipulate American voters is considered to be a ‘serious issue’ for a majority of Americans. Russia’s social media use during the 2016 Presidential election has come to the fore as federal government authorities probe the role played by prominent social media platforms in Russia’s alleged effort to swing the elections in Trump’s favor. According to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll, 54 percent of respondents think the allegations are serious enough to warrant an investigation. The poll reveals that 41 percent of respondents think they are more of a distraction - while, an obvious and large divide was noticed on the issue among Republicans and Democrats. The poll showed that just one-quarter of Republicans think the allegations are a serious issue - compared to 73 percent of Republicans who think it is more of a distraction. Meanwhile, 83 percent of Democrats think it is a serious issue and just 15 percent think it's more of a distraction. Another glaring finding of the poll is that 43 percent of those surveyed said they don't trust the federal government or technology companies to protect the U.S. against the influence of foreign governments on social...Read more