What voter suppression looks like online

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Why Russian operatives and domestic parties target Black voters in US elections.



According to a report by CNN, the federal government has warned that Russia "might seek to covertly discourage or suppress US voters from participating" in the upcoming election. If so, it would be a repeat of their tactics four years ago, when Russian operatives posing as Americans on social media discouraged Black Americans from voting or encouraged them to vote for the third-party candidate, Jill Stein. The Trump campaign itself pursued a strategy of vote suppression targeted at African Americans, who vote against Republicans at higher rates than any other demographic group.

While voter suppression takes many forms — from intimidation at polling places to purges of voter rolls to strict ID requirements — this video focuses on digital voter suppression, where the goal is to infiltrate communities online and deliver covert messages that discourage participation in elections. We explain what those messages look like, and why they so often target Black voters.


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See, if your vote didn’t matter, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to suppress it.

Author — 5%LowBattery

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This is why I'm so happy Australia has compulsory voting. You can't suppress voters when you're required to vote.

Author — Morgan Jackson

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I think Americans should be obligated to see this. Maybe learn how they're being manipulated by false idols and parties

Author — MINTYFRESH650

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As a Black American this is alarming. When our parents talked about psychological warfare and spiritual warfare...THIS is what they meant. A concentrated effort to steal our part of the franchise.

Author — Classy Lady

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The irony is the US has spent trillions to "introduce democracy" to the middle east.

Author — Jos Timanta Tarigan

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As a Russian resident I confirm that our government uses this tactics inside Russia for more than 15 years and successfully exporting it.
Please do everything you can to stop it. You will help both our countries.
I know one of the "troll-factories" in my city and do my best to deanon its workers

Author — thesparklingsalt

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The social dilemma from netflix also talk about this.

Author — Ergojar XD

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This is literally saddening to hear, voting is every citizen’s most important right, suppressing votes affects the basic principle of democracy

Author — Pandurang Gireesh

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Yep they're everywhere on Twitter saying that votes don't matter

Author — Blackberries12

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India's right wing Hindu nationalist party BJP used social media to win 2019 elections

Author — Jack Bikerson

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I'm not American and with every election video I see a democracy dying... If it's not already dead

Author — Jame X

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"The president has long sold himself as a self-made billionaire, but a Times investigation found that he received at least $413 million in today’s dollars from his father’s real estate empire, much of it through tax dodges in the 1990s.
President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found."Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts. Trump gonna Get from Uncle Sam, Whether you like it or Not!

Author — James Moreau

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And America is still the land of the brave and home of the “free”

Author — Meitemarkiano

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The US is being held hostage by the dumbest person on earth.

Author — DarwishEG

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People really need to educate themselves on aspects of life that effect them.

Author — Leandro

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Russia *interferes in other countries' affairs*
Everyone: OH MY GOD HOW DARE
The USA *interferes into other countries' affairs*
Everyone: well that's just life, this kind of stuff happens, right?
Am I the only one who sees a double standard here? I mean it's like the USA is allowed to do it but when another country does it, it's like OH MY GOD WHAT R U DOING IT'S THE LAND OF THE
P. S. Just to clarify, I think what Russia did in 2016 definitely wasn't an okay thing to do but I really don't like it when ppl r talking about it as if it's the only country that does it...

Author — Mary

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Facebook, twitter and it's consequences have been a disaster for mankind.

Author — Rafael Richard 2019-59

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Bring back Vox Borders
Bring back Jonny Harris! (Although he's doing great independent now so.... Your loss)

Author — Yokai Alchemist

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The U.S interferes with sooo many other country elections it’s not surprising that it was done to us and paid for by the government

Author — Shebegaming OW

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A country is only as strong as its weakest link.
America's weakest links are the uneducated and uncritical of authority.

Author — Alex W.