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The Disinformation Report

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Russian memes aimed at discouraging voting in the 2016 election.

Wednesday, we’re talking about how the Russians tried to influence the 2016 presidential election. Researcher Renee DiResta joins us to explore the techniques of weaponizing social media and why we take the bait.

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Wednesday, we’re talking about how the Russians tried to influence the American presidential election in 2016. We’re going to focus on their attempts to amplify conspiracy theories, spread disinformation, and get Americans to fight and argue with each other. The researcher Renee DiResta is our guest. She and her team created one of the independent reports for the Senate Intelligence Committee. We’ll talk about the techniques of weaponizing social media and why we’re primed to take the bait.

Renee DiResta is director of research for New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company. She's also head of policy at the nonprofit Data for Democracy. New Knowledge produced the independent Disinformation Report for the Senate Select Committee on Inteligence.