Trump, trolls and the Kremlin's plot to reshape the U.S election

The Morning Edition

07-04-2024 • 17 mins

When Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election against Hilary Clinton it wasn’t just his grabbing the top spot in the White House that shocked Americans.

So, too, did allegations by intelligence agencies that Russian President Vladimir Putin directly ordered a campaign to interfere with the election.

This would play out on social media via troll factories, with fake profiles befriending real people to spread Kremlin propaganda.

And now, only seven months out from the next American election with Donald Trump ramping-up his campaign against Joe Biden, interference like this is happening again.

Today, digital foreign editor Chris Zappone on the new tactics being used by Russian operatives, to disrupt democracy.

Zappone's podcast, Dark Shining Moment, can be found here.

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