This just showed up in my inbox:
Number one, if you are getting your news and world information from Twitter alone, you're doing it wrong.
Odds are, I was following one of these accounts. I rarely retweet. I don't do a whole lot of interacting on Twitter, to be honest. But I do follow back about 90% of the people who follow me (and promptly unfollow back as well because of the amount of people who take advantage of that to pad their numbers). My Twitter is mostly news articles, mostly because I use it as a news feed for this site. Sometimes, someone will respond and I find it worthy of my own response (I never respond to baiting comments from people looking for a fight). And, as I said, on rare occasion, I retweet someone, usually the president or a talking head.
I have no doubt there were fake accounts from Russia. Probably a bunch of other countries as well. It's no secret other countries will do this stuff during election times for other countries. No, the USA is no different. Obama openly and actively tried to influence the elections in Israel to get Benjamin Netanyahu out of office. And I'm sure we've done it before that and will do it again.
But we're acting like this was some huge outrage that is brand new, like it has never been done before. And if the Russians hadn't sent these tweets, Hillary would certainly have won! Because, again, you are too stupid to think for yourself. Yes, I'm sure it did work on someone. Someone out there probably decided to vote for Trump because of crap they read on Twitter and Facebook because they can't be bothered to get their news from something other than social media and late night comedy shows. It's really boring, ya know, that politics and news.
But no, I don't believe the vast majority of people in the USA were stupid enough to vote based off any of this crap. I believe most of the people in the USA at least knew something about each candidate. It may not have been a lot, but it was something. The reactions people have to "bombshell" stories the media puts out tells me this is true. Stuff the media thinks will sink a candidate or a person's career, and then most people just say, "meh," and move on.
And if we're going to shake and scream about Russia setting up fake social media accounts to spray propaganda, I'd like to see that same outrage when our own government does it to other countries. Because of our elections are too sacred for that game, so are everyone else's.