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Don’t be a dupe


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Aug. 04, 2020 - 4:15 PM

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A report released in June 2019 described the Russian use of fake social media accounts to spread false information intended to affect our election.

The thousands of accounts Russians controlled sent millions of tweets.

This report was written by the computer security firm Symantec. The report described Symantec's analysis of the propaganda campaign run by Russia’s Internet Research Agency on social media, particularly Twitter, before the 2016 general election.

If you want to read this report, search the web for Twitterbots and Symantec.

In the lead up to the 2020 elections, the Russians are likely to try this again. Don’t let yourself be duped! Do your best to verify what you see online and avoid forwarding unverified claims, even what seems reasonable. Don't help the Russians!

Bill Boyd

Newnan, Georgia