“Hacking the Vote: Who Helped Whom?”

NYR Daily:

Similarly, bots can be programmed to search for certain keywords and particular users. That could account for why Russian bots were propagating anti-Clinton messages in places like Wisconsin: they might have simply been following the lead of other pro-Trump Twitter users. Moreover, once the bots’ Russian handlers saw attention being focused on the Rust Belt near the end of the campaign by Trump’s team, they would not have needed insider information to direct their fake accounts to spread false information in those precincts. As Issie Lapowsky observed recently in Wired, “…there’s nothing preventing a Russian actor or anyone else from reading the news and understanding the American electorate, and thanks to readily available digital tools, targeting that electorate is simple.”

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