Thank you, Virginia!

Because I live and breathe this Philadelphia freedom
From the day that I was born I’ve waved the flag
Philadelphia freedom took me knee high to a man, yeah
Gave me peace of mind my daddy never had

From CNN:

Screen shot from CNN of wins for Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey
Thank you, Virginia!

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A Prayer for Sutherland Springs

As of this writing, the tragedy in Sutherland Springs is not yet three hours old and it’s already in use by Russian trolls on social media to tear people apart.

Screenshot of twitter troll account accusing liberals of politicizing the Sutherland Springs tragedy
Putin’s propaganda of division and hate will not stop until we make it stop.

The best way to honor the dead is to do what we can to stop their use in a vicious enemy’s cynical game.

My prayers for Sutherland Springs are not to God, but to my fellow citizens: I pray that we Americans will unite as a community and work together to exercise our rights with wisdom and common sense.

I pray that we once again value our common heritage and vision
as Americans.

Not as liberals.

Not as Conservatives.

As Americans.

Below is a video from the New York Times about the problem of Russian propaganda and how it affects the quality of our lives.

How Russian Bots and Trolls Invade Our Lives

 

Update: 8:10PM PST

From Adam Schiff:

Update: 8:46PM PST

From Adam Schiff

Update: 11/06/17 10:56AM

There is no evidence 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley was affiliated with the so-called ‘left wing’ or connected to the so-called ‘antifa movement.’

From the New York Times:

According to The San Antonio Express-News, Kelley served in the Air Force but was court-martialed in 2012 and guilty of domestic violence. He’d assaulted his wife and young child, the court-martial found, and sentenced him to 12 months of confinement and gave him a “bad discharge” from the Air Force. In 2014, Kelley appealed the ruling but lost, The New York Times reported. “He assaulted his stepson severely enough that he fractured his skull, and he also assaulted his wife,” retired colonel Don Christensen, who was the chief prosecutor for the Air Force, told the Times. “He pled to intentionally doing it.”

Yet, this morning, Russian State Media, Russia Today, is playing gaslight with Facebook readers with lies about the shooting in Sutherland Springs:

According to every credible news outlet the gunman was violent toward his wife and child and sent a threatening text to his mother-in-law before the shooting.

Facebook is still letting Russian State Media use its platform to spread frightening and divisive lies.

Why?

Update: 11/06/17 2:54PM

Russia Today retracts its story that the Sutherland Springs shooter had leftist ‘antifa’ connections:

Screenshhot of a Russia Today retraction of a claim that the Sutherland Springs Shooter was a leftist
Screenshot of Russia Today story retraction.

“We got it wrong and will do our best to provide you verified information in dynamic breaking news circumstances.”
Russia Today

 

Is this more recent story about Twitter based on ‘verified information’?

A Lie posted by Russia Today to its Facebook feed that reads Twitter admitted to censuring the Podesta and DNCLeaks hashtags during the 2016 election cycle.
A Lie posted by Russia Today to its Facebook Timeline

Despite Igor Koske’s fervent gratitude to Russia Today for providing a Russian citizen with an alternative to America’s Cable Network News, this RT Twitter fiction doesn’t exist beyond Russia’s fog of fake right-wing news outlets.

A screenshot of Google's top results for a search for 'Twitter admits suppressing Podesta and DNCLeaks hashtags with Brietbart and Infowars in the top four.
Russia’s Fog of Fake Right Wing News Outlets

 

Rob Goldstein 2017

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Disinformation and Democracy: Fighting for Facts

This video is from the National Democratic Institute, founded in 1983 to promote Democracy and Human Rights.

With Russia using information as a weapon, the people of democratic nations need to learn how to protect themselves.

“The weaponization of social media is a global challenge, both during and between elections. Emerging democracies have often been used to “weapons test” new approaches to computational propaganda and disinformation, and the work being done to counter it is critical to the future of democracy. NDI is proud to recognize these three organizations that have demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to democracy and human rights through their efforts to combat this global threat of disinformation.”

National Democratic Institute

 

An  info graphic found on twitter that illustrates strategies for verifying the truthfulness of a news story
Is it true?