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‘Hilarious & paranoid’: Lavrov laughs at idea that Russia uses memes to destroy US democracy

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. May 2018 © Grigoriy Sisoev / Sputnik
RT | August 2, 2018

The idea that Moscow is swaying elections and bringing down US democracy by ‘meme-sharing’ is preposterous, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The accusations hurled at Russia by the US lawmakers left him baffled.

“It’s just hilarious when I hear that funny pictures can undermine American democracy,” Lavrov told reporters on Thursday, answering RT correspondent’s question about the latest US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian interference in US domestic affairs.

Experts, brought as witnesses to testify before the Senate on Wednesday, spoke about Russia allegedly using the “less news, more memes” approach online to divide the US public. This led the lawmakers to raise concerns over how Russian “meme-sharing” affects American voters.

“I think that’s just paranoia that goes off the scale,” Lavrov chuckled, saying that talk of weaponizing memes only makes the Senators themselves look bad. “It’s not respectable for American lawmakers to make a sensation out of nothing.”

US politicians consistently accused ‘Russian trolls’ of waging a coordinated campaign to influence elections in the country – something Moscow denies. During repeated hearings in Congress, lawmakers failed to provide any concrete evidence that the alleged nefarious online activity was tied to Russia, and to present data on the effects such a campaign might have caused.

In fact, last year, tech giants Facebook, YouTube and Twitter told Senators that the content allegedly produced by “Russian operatives” made up a tiny fraction of their feeds.

August 2, 2018 - Posted by | Russophobia | ,

2 Comments »

  1. “During repeated hearings in Congress, lawmakers failed to provide any concrete evidence that the alleged nefarious online activity was tied to Russia”

    Accusations by American government Agencies, that Russia is influencing how the USA operates, is basically an admission by America, that Russia is smarter than the USA and are embarrassing to the intelligence of the average American.

    These American agencies, politicians, whoever, should either Put up or Shut up. And of course, the MSM, instead of calling the propaganda for what it actually is, are ‘selling’ the same rubbish.

    The USA’s Political Elite is becoming a laughing stock around the World……They make the “Three Stooges” look intelligent.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | August 2, 2018 | Reply

  2. How many civilizations on this planet have been destroyed/rebooted once the evil ones were exposed and lost control? https://www.dropbox.com/s/6etw1f04yxuzq8m/Daddy-why-do-we-live-in-a-cave.jpg?dl=0

    Comment by rediscover911com | August 3, 2018 | Reply


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