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Russian Interference

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Update posted 10 hours 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
499 supporters
Update posted 1 month 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
2,493 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Roger F. Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Trent Kelly, Steven M. Palazzo, Gregg Harper, Bennie G. Thompson

Stop Russian Cyber War on Our Country

The subversive Russian activities, notably the cyber-attacks taken against our country, significantly distress those of us signing below.  What further elevates our concerns is our federal government’s lack of action in protecting our country against these and future attacks.  LTG H.R. McMaster’s recent emphatic statements echo are position: “Russia employs sophisticated strategies deliberately designed to achieve objectives and still fall below the target state’s threshold for a military response. Tactics include infiltrating social media, spreading propaganda, weaponizing information, and using other forms of subversion and espionage…. We cannot be passive, and hope that others will defend our freedom.” Unfortunately, our President has not mobilized the country, inaction that is in stark contrast to the intense bi-partisan response after the attacks on September 11, 2001.  Where the response to 9-11 unified this country then, the Russian cyber-attacks divide us now. Though American lives are not immediately at risk, our state and local election systems are.  Our intelligence agencies have found that Russians “obtained and maintained access to multiple U.S. state and local election boards” and that numerous voter rolls have been accessed.  We are also aware that our power grids, including conventional and nuclear power plants, may be compromised.  In addition, our President is far more interested in attacking our Justice Department, FBI, intelligence agencies, and prior administration than he is in criticizing Russia and its leaders.  These attacks are damaging our democratic institutions in ways that may not be totally apparent to us for years to come.  We are grateful for the strong, but very belated sanctions taken against Russia, but we have grave concerns that these sanctions, though necessary, are insufficient to ward off future cyber-attacks.  In our opinion, what is needed is more effective presidential leadership and engagement to forestall further Russian interference. CALL FOR ACTION:  In the absence of said leadership, we call on you, our Senators, to give us assurance that Congress will urge stronger protections against external and internal threats.  Specifically, we ask that you: 1. Urge the Senate to press President Trump to take stronger action.  2. Encourage your Senate colleagues to censure the President for dereliction of duty should he neglect or refuse to act. 3. Encourage the Senate to enact legislation to protect upcoming elections and our national infrastructure against future Russian cyber-attacks by mobilizing key federal agencies, supporting state governments, and assuring the integrity of social media including Facebook and Twitter.  Recommendations to safeguard against foreign meddling in the 2018 primary season made by the Senate Intelligence Committee on 20 March 2018 represent a good start, but much more aggressive legislation is critical to protect our election process. 4. Advocate for our democracy by urging your Senate colleagues to speak out, visibly and concretely assuring that Mueller’s investigation into the Russian cyber-attacks will continue unimpeded until completion.  To this end, support passage of the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

Indivisible Northeast Mississippi
611 supporters