(The Maven) In yet another mindless fake news story about fake news, NewsWeek explains how “Russia Controls the American Mind”.

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NewsWeek embarrassed itself with this shoddy headline story WHY CLINTON LOST: WHAT RUSSIA DID TO CONTROL THE AMERICAN MIND AND PUT TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

The all caps shouting is theirs.

“Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility—except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House.”

“Early this month, Twitter testified before Congress and provided the Senate Intelligence Committee with more than 2,700 accounts tied to the agency, while Facebook identified more than 80,000 pieces of content linked to the agency. Meanwhile, Google found about $4,700 worth of search-and-display ads with dubious Russian ties.”

Mercy!

Imagine that.

$4,700 worth of search-and-display ads took down the Clinton campaign, despite the fact Clinton outspent Trump $969.1 million to $531.0 million according to a Bloomberg article on Campaign Fundraising.

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Writer Jessica Kwong also moaned about trolls being paid between $1,300 and $2,000 per month. Kwong also makes this amusing claim “Twitter users in swing states in the U.S. received more fake news than real stories in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election…”

Instead of reading NewsWeek garbage about how Russia controls our minds with a few thousand dollars, I suggest reading: US spy operation that manipulates social media

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