Russian Interference

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Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

There’s been enough election misinformation: Tell Congress to pass the Honest Ads bill

With the midterms over, the time is now to focus on what the 2020 election could hold. In both the 2016 and 2018 elections, Russian financed bots and fake accounts coordinated a vast propaganda campaign to divide Americans and spread disinformation. There’s a solution waiting in the wings. The Honest Ads bill would require all online political ads to be under the same scrutiny as TV and radio campaign advertising. Over 200 million Americans get their news online and from social media. Right now, the Honest Ads bill is waiting to be brought to a vote in the Senate. Elections have consequences, tell the U.S. Senate and House to pass Honest Ads bill and stop these bots. Election after election has been flooded with misinformation campaigns led by the Kremlin. During the height of the 2016 presidential race, Russian entities bought $100,000 in political ads to specifically target, misinform, and divide Americans. They bought ads on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. These posts overwhelmed election content, accounting for roughly 30% to 40% of all election oriented Tweets in key swing states. Even Facebook wants to see the Honest Ads bill become law. In order for elections to work, the electorate (aka: the people), need to be well informed. That can’t happen when fake accounts are misinforming voters. Now that over 70% of Americans get their news from social media and online platforms, it’s never been more important to pass the Honest Ads bill. Demand Congress protect Americans from Kremlin-funded agendas, pass the Honest Ads bill.

Campaigns Lab
826 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Lindsey Graham, Robert Menendez, Cory Gardner, Benjamin L. Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen

Impose Sanctions on Russian Propaganda Machine - Санкции против кремлевской пропаганды

Dear Senators, Russia has been waging a malicious campaign of propaganda and disinformation aimed at undermining Western democracies. So far Western response has been focused on false information in the social networks.  But most of fake news are manufactured and spread by mainstream media.  Yet not a single Russian media organization or executive has been subject to US sanctions. We appeal to you as the cosponsors of "Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018" (S.3336). We urge you to expand the list of US sanctions to the Russian propaganda TV channels and their CEOs. Such action would not in any way infringe on the First Amendment guarantees of free speech. The US Supreme Court in "Sullivan" ruled that a deliberate lie published with actual malice or reckless disregard for the truth is not protected in libel cases. The same legal doctrine should be applied to defending the United States from malicious propaganda from Russia. ************** Уважаемые сенаторы, Россия ведет злостную кампанию пропаганды и дезинформации, с целью подорвать западные демократии. До сих пор ответ Запада касался фальшивой информации в социальных сетях. Но большая часть фейков производится и распространяется центральными СМИ.  Однако ни одна пропагандистская организация или ее руководитель не попали под американские санкции. Мы обращаемся к вам как к ко-спонсорам законопроекта "О защите безопасности Америки от агрессии Кремля - 2018" (S.3336). Мы призываем вас расширить список санкций, включив в него российские пропагандистские телеканалы и их руководителей. Это никоим образом не нарушит свободу слова, гарантированную Первой поправкой Конституции. Верховный суд США в решении по делу "Салливан" постановил, что злонамеренная публикация заведомой лжи не попадает под гарантии свободы слова в делах о клевете. Тот же самый юридический принцип следует применить для защиты Америки от злостной российской пропаганды. [Illustration: The Red Bear by Komar&Melamid]  

Alex Goldfarb
2,537 supporters