GOP Senator Claims Russian Trolls Are Stoking Controversy About NFL Protests

GOP Senator Claims Russian Trolls Are Stoking Controversy About NFL Protests

Lankford's account is the latest sign Russians are using social media to raise tensions in the US.

"We watched, even this weekend, the Russians and their troll farms and their internet folks start hashtagging out #TakeAKnee and also hashtagging out #BoycottNFL".

An aide of Lankford told Reuters that us intelligence services did share information with senators about Russian "troll operations" on social media having to do with the 2016 election.

"They were taking both sides of the argument this past weekend, and pushing them out from their troll farms as much as they could to try to just raise the noise level in America", Lankford added, accusing Russian Federation of doing all it can "to push divisiveness in our country".

Lankford did not provide evidence to corroborate his statement. Democrats abandon due process legacy for flawed sexual assault policy MORE (R-Okla.) said trolls are "taking both sides of the argument" by employing hash tags including "take a knee" and "boycott NFL" on social media.

Such activity has also been occurring in Europe for years, the aide said.

Lankford's spokesman though indicated that the Senator has been able to see intelligence that's part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A website put together by researchers working with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic project to counter Russian disinformation, shows tweets promoting both sides of the football debate from accounts it said were used to spread Russian propaganda on Twitter.

We all could figure out that the issue has caused a lot of conflict on its own, especially after President Donald Trump called out the National Football League and its players last week.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is one of several congressional panels that has been investigating alleged Russian efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation orchestrated a multi-pronged cyber offensive on the 2016 election to discredit Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump, a Republican, win.

Russian Federation has denied any effort to influence the election or public debate.



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