If 5 years ago we told you that Congress would question Facebook, Twitter, and Google regarding their roles in Russia’s election manipulation to ultimately elect Donald Trump as US President, you would’ve told us to stop writing fiction. Yet, here we are!  It was revealed that as many as 126 million Americans may have seen some of the 80,000 pieces of Russia-created content on Facebook and 2,752 Twitter accounts have been linked to Russian propaganda (check out some of them) . Much of this content was aimed at exploiting existing social and political divisions in the country, though they seemed to be curiously absent of Harambe memes (don’t google those). While the focus on foreign interference in the election is merited, it shouldn’t distract us from the bigger problem: Russian trolls using insidious impersonations and venomous propaganda were only able to blend into our timelines undetected because our social networks already allow hate to get organized there. That’s why we joined other civil rights organizations in calling on Facebook not only to fully disclose all of the activities on their platform that trace back to Russian operatives, but also to work with us to meaningfully counter the impact of hate campaigns on their platform (you can read our full letter here).

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