Russians targeted black voters using social media to shun Hillary Clinton and vote for Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein in the 2016 presidential election in an attempt to help Donald Trump win.
They also used voter suppression tactics to depress the black vote. The Russians “unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee,” the New York Times reports.
“The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee.”
“The report adds new details to the portrait that has emerged over the last two years of the energy and imagination of the Russian effort to sway American opinion and divide the country, which the authors said continues to this day.”
It was previously reported that the Russians used Facebook to target voters in Wisconsin and Michigan. Mrs. Clinton lost both states by less than three percentage points.