Study: ‘No Evidence’ 2016 Voters Swayed By Russian Social Media

Findings expose ‘limits of election interference campaigns on social media’
TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin talks on the phone with Agatha Bylkova,a eight-year-old  girl from the Kurgan region who took part in the New Year Tree of Wishes nationwide charity campaign, in Moscow on January 3, 2023. (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A New York University study found that Russian social media schemes during the 2016 election had little meaningful effect on U.S. voter behavior.
  • According to the study, the researchers found “no evidence of a meaningful relationship between exposure to the Russian foreign influence campaign and changes in attitudes, polarization, or voting behavior.”
  • Russian disinformation was concentrated among social media users, with “only 1% of users account[ing] for 70 percent of exposures.”

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