A California Congressman says that you are not craze if you believe that Russia is directly to blame for certain social media campaigns that attempt to influence or disrupt elections in the United States. He points not just to the Presidential election in 2016 but also to many other elections even all the way down to the local level.
Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and member of the House Intelligence Committee, says that the Russians have been playing around in US elections and that that meddling goes all the way up to the top. He insists that Russian President Vladimir Putin is to blame for these attacks. He is also frustrated that nothing has been done by the current administration to put a stop to this.
The primary way that these Russians are impacting social media to divide us? Simple says Schiff. They are setting up “bot” accounts to put out whatever message they believe will best suit their needs for that particular campaign or that particular day. He says that he thinks that this has been extremely effective not only in swinging the results of some elections but also in dividing the country in terms of its political rhetoric.
At the moment it does not appear that any new legislation or changes are coming to the way in which the United States interacts with Russia. Although sanctions were put on Russia following the 2016 election, they have never been enforced by this administration. That is something that is likely to continue into the future.