Category: Social Media Campaign

Is Russia To Blame For Social Media Bots In Campaigns?

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.

Cape Town Is Receiving Water Thanks To Social Media Campaign

Cape Town, South Africa has a serious problem. They are very quickly running out of drinkable water for their citizens to use. Without this consistent water supply many will be severely dehydrated and eventually be forced to drink potentially contaminated water that could lead to terrible waterborne diseases rather quickly. While Cape Town is not able to use its own water sources there still is the option of bottled water. And while bottled water is far more expensive than traditional tap water, it is being brought in by the truck load thanks to the generous donations brought on by a social media campaign. Talita van der Heever is a citizen of South Africa, and as soon as she heard about her neighboring city of Cape Town she knew she had to help. A mother herself, she couldn’t imagine other mothers not having water for their children. That’s why she decided to make a video with one simple request: send water. The video spread like wildfire and donations have been received from as far away as the United States. The social media campaign has already garnered donations north of 250,000 liters of water and while this isn’t enough to keep the entire city hydrated for an extended period of time it is certainly a good place to start. To see the original video asking for a donation of water you can click here. Time and time again we are reminded the good that can come out of social media. Social media campaigns have real impacts on people’s lives and continue to improve the world around us day after day.

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