Kremlin denies roiling US politics through social media

2018-12-18 15:06
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the US House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington. (Jon Elswick, AP)

Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive social issues, released by members of the US House Intelligence committee, are photographed in Washington. (Jon Elswick, AP)

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The Kremlin has rejected as baseless reports about a Russian political disinformation campaign on US social media.

Reports released by the Senate intelligence committee on Monday suggested that Moscow's efforts to help US President Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign through social media were more far-reaching than originally thought, with troll farms working to discourage black voters and "blur the lines between reality and fiction".

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, rejected the claims, saying the reports sought to shift blame for social tensions in the US to Russia without offering proof.

Peskov reaffirmed a strong denial of any meddling in the US politics.

He said in Tuesday's call with reporters that "the Russian government hasn't had anything to do with any kind of interference".

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