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Senate report details foreign interference in the election of 2016, calls for Trump to preventive measures for 2020

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The Senate Intelligence Committee released on Tuesday a report that urged President Trump to warn the public about the efforts of foreign governments to influence U.S. elections and take steps to prevent hostile Nations from the use of social media to interfere in the 2020 vote.

The recommendations were part of an 85-page report stated that Russia, the extensive efforts to influence the 2016 presidential elections. The cross-party group of senators described the social media activities of the Kremlin-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA), as part of the “broader, challenging, and ongoing information warfare campaign designed discord to sow in American politics and society.”

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C., and the Vice-Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., background, speak to the media.
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The senators noted that the Russians ” social media effort was a “far more complex and strategic attack on the United States, as first understood,” with the planning well ahead in the year 2014.

The report said the Russians ” social media campaign was supported “openly and almost always” by trump and the Democrat Hillary Clinton to damage.

Trump has been largely blind to the Russian activities in 2016 and is now facing an impeachment inquiry, whether he inappropriately requested help from the Ukraine called for before the year 2020 the vote.

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Tuesday, the report comes to the conclusion that the Russian activities were concentrated largely on the socially divisive issues such as race, immigration, and weapons, in “an attempt to pit Americans against each other and against their government.” There is also the Russian efforts was targeted to black Americans, more than any other racial group.

“Russia conducts an information-warfare campaign against the United States, has not beginning and not end with the election of 2016,” said Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N. C. “By flooding the social media with false reports, conspiracy theories, and trolls, and by the use of existing divisions, Russia is trying to breed distrust of our democratic institutions and our fellow citizens.”

The senators noted that China, North Korea and Iran, according to Russia’s playbook. The nation’s intelligence chiefs have also warned about the threat of foreign interference in the election of 2020.

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“Russia took advantage of our openness and innovation, to spread the use of American-bred social-media platforms, disinformation, said parts of the public and undermine our democracy”, Committee-Vice-President Mark Warner, D-Va.

The panel recommends that the Trump administration “publicly affirm” the danger of attempts to interfere with enemy Nations, in the 2020 election. He calls to develop the management, a framework for the deterrence against future attacks, and create an interagency task force to monitor the use of social media by foreign governments for interference.

The report coincided with the publication of an election security bill by house Democrats that would require more transparency in political online ads, along with tightening of the laws around the sharing of campaign information between the applicant and foreign governments, and the requirement that campaigns report illegal offers of foreign assistance to the FBI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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