USA: ‘Election meddling something no serious person can dispute' — Senators discuss Russian 'disinformation'

SOT, Al Franken, junior US Senator from Minnesota (English): «Outrageous.» *SINGLE SHOT AT SOURCE* US Senators held a round-table discussion in Washington DC, Tuesday, entitled ‘Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online: Working with Tech to Find Solutions’ alongside representatives from social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The Senators spoke at length about alleged... Еще Russian meddling in the 2016 US election cycle as well as supposed links between US President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. “The Russian government exploited social media platforms as part of a wide-ranging disinformation campaign targeted against America and American voters,” asserted Sheldon Whitehouse, junior US Senator from Rhode Island. “We certainly saw the hacking and theft of political information by Russia, something no serious person can dispute. We still know next to nothing about the President Trump’s business dealings in Russia or with Russians, except that he's long chased after deals there.” “Russia as a nation state started interfering in the election cycle back in 2015 and they continued after the election, during the election they were trying to create discord between Americans,” stated Lindsey Graham, junior US Senator from South Carolina. “The bottom line is that these technologies can be used to undermine our democracy and put our nation at risk.” Meanwhile 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued that the likes of Google were biased against conservatives as several Senators attacked social media sites for their alleged inaction in the face of the discussed issues. “Bernie Sanders had nine positive results without a single negative result on the first page and the final candidate, the junior Senator from Texas [Cruz], had a total of zero positive results on the first page,” explained Cruz to the amusement of those gathered.

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