Russian Paid Advertisements on Facebook Probably Affected 2016 Election
Here are some of the Russian paid advertisements that were put on Facebook to influence last year’s presidential election. I actually remember seeing some of them. It is also easy for me to see how some people could be affected by watching these videos. Russian paid advertisements obviously influenced some American voters in the 2016 presidential election. It is also probable that those videos swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump.
The reason Russian paid advertisements on Facebook probably swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump is that most of the ads are “hit pieces” for Trump’s opponents; Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. Practically none of the videos I’ve seen are targeted against Trump. Whether we Americans like to believe it or not, we are the perfect targets for these types of Russian paid advertisements. Most of us don’t like to admit it, but we are very politically gullible and easily influenced by what we see on social media, especially since we spend so much of our time on it.
Maybe this entire incident of Russian paid advertisements and other types of influence on our election should be a wake-up call for all of us. The message here may be that we all need to join the real world and stop looking at social media to be our source of information. Social media is intended to be used as entertainment, not our primary source of information because it obviously has flaws in that respect.
We all need to realize that we take Facebook, and other forms of social media are taken far too seriously. We need to realize that even though the “mainstream media” is largely contaminated by corporate influence, it is still a better source of information than Facebook. We may have to sort through the hidden “corporate messages” and other bullshit to find the “real news”, but it is possible. It just takes time and patience. Also, there are other reliable, less contaminated, sources of information that we can rely on, or at least use to be something we should have always been; a well-informed populace of voters.